It is in Europe’s best interest to help safeguard Greece’s external borders since no member state wishes to see increased migrant and refugee flows to Greece, a country that has already dealt with a staggering influx of individuals, or the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, explained Sotiris Serbos, ELIAMEP Research Fellow, in a radio interview. Serbos stressed that while the EU will help Greece to navigate the current crisis, this will not be enough long-term. The challenge, according to Serbos, is not simply to mitigate its effects but to effectively de-escalate the situation. If the recurring challenge of migration and refugee influxes does not get resolved now, one can only imagine the dire consequences it will bring about.
You can listen to the interview in Greek (10.05 – 27.30) here.