European Council’s President Donald Tusk has come out really tough trying to solve the migrant crisis, warning the illegal economic migrants not to come to Europe.
During a conference in Athens, Tusk said: “ I want to appeal to all potential illegal economic migrants wherever you are from: Do not come to Europe.Do not believe the smugglers. Do not risk your lives and your money. It is all for nothing.”
The move came after Brussels called the EU member states to reduce the growing influx of migrant.
On Thursday, Tusk visited Greece and Turkey as part of a regional tour to discuss about possible and concrete solutions to curb migrants visiting the west.
“Greece or any other European country will no longer be a transit country. The Schengen rules will enter into force again” Tusk said in a report by Express.
“Excluding Greece from Schengen is neither an end nor a means in this crisis. Greece is part of Schengen, of the euro area and of the European Union and will remain so.” added Tusk.
He said restoring the Dublin Agreement, where the migrants have to seek asylum in whichever EU country they first reach – would help save the Schengen. EU is concerned about immigration control in Greece, as around 20,000 migrants are trapped in the country.
On Thursday, migrants protested the restrictions. They blocked a railway line on the Greek side of the border with Macedonia, according to a report by BBC.
On Wednesday, as a part of the landmark agreement, EU also decided to ship 308 illegal migrants back to Turkey.
While Brussels has called the member states to deport all the migrants trying to seek asylum in countries like Britain, Germany and Scandinavia. Tusk has promised the member states to provide concrete measures to help deport migrants.
EU’s border agency Frontex said that immigration has already increased thirty times higher than what was recorded last year.