Friday September 25, 2020

Compassion turns to hostility as mood shifts against migrants

The scenario on Europe’s south-eastern frontier is made all the more ominous by the lurch to the right within the EU

8th March, 2020
The Greek islands have effectively become detention centres for migrants. Picture: Getty

A perfect storm is brewing on Europe’s south-eastern frontier. The war in Syria is once again threatening to send a million people north into Turkey. In turn, Turkey – which already gives refuge to 3.7 million Syrians and 800,000 others – is threatening to send almost a million people west into Greece.

Thursday's ceasefire announcement by Turkey and Russia, ending hostilities in Idlib province in Syria, may have calmed things momentarily, but the pressure remains.

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