Sunday, May 31, 2015

Migrants spoil Greek island for tourists

“Picture this... tourists relaxing on a sunny beach without a care in the world.

“A few metres away, dozens of migrants sit in make-shift camps with cardboard boxes for beds, surrounded by rubbish. Welcome to Kos.

“Hundreds are now sleeping and washing on the streets, while struggling to get food and drink.

“So far in 2015, 7,500 migrants have arrived on the Greek island, which has a population of just 30,000.

“But 6,000 of those arrived within the last month alone and local authorities are completely overwhelmed.

“That's led some tourists to complain it's ‘disgusting’ and ‘spoiling the atmosphere’ of Kos which is promoted by holiday firms on the back of its ‘hidden bays’ and ‘little-known coves’.

From the other side: “Migrants in Kos are accusing Greek authorities of taking too long to sort their paperwork so they can move on to rest of Europe.”

(If those fleeing the Middle East and Africa make it to Europe, they have a better life with a first step onto a beach. After that, any European Union member state must see to their needs.

(EU states: You made the rules so Germany and France could rule, so either shut up and follow what you decided or change the rules.)

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