Frontex Reports 57,000 Illegal Immigrants Crossed the Greek Borders in 2011

Stella Tsolakidou, Greek Reporter, April 2, 2012

Border management alone cannot solve the vast problem of illegal immigration, noted Michal Parzyszek, spokesperson for the European Union Agency Frontex.

In his interview to SKAI broadcasting agency, Mr. Parzyszek underlined the importance of achieving cooperation on a multi-national level. Both the neighboring countries and the country of origin of the immigrants must agree and fully cooperate to address the mounting problems of illegal immigration.

The situation between Greece and Turkey has been characterized by the Frontex official as complicated, and only a bilateral cooperation could make the border management become more efficient.

The spokesperson of Frontex also added that the EU units have helped the Greek authorities patrol the Greek border areas and provided them with the necessary technical equipment to aid their job. Moreover, Frontex assisted the identification of the incomings’ origin in order to prepare their repatriation.

According to Frontex, 57,000 illegal immigrants were recorded trying to cross the Greek borders in 2011.

“The Greek situation is unique across Europe. Greece cannot face the massive waves of immigrants crossing its borders alone” said Mr. Parzyszek. Moreover, he announced the new operation of Frontex for 2012.

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  • So they are broke have austarity mesures and still 3rdworlders know its better to be near whitey.

    •  That is the gist of it, but really most third-worlders sneaking into Greece have no intention of settling there: the Greek border with Turkish-occupied Thrace is one of the primary routes for migrants to invade Europe, and most will continue on towards Western Europe if and when they can.

      Economically, I don’t think it is a stretch to call Greece herself a third-world country (and culturally most unlike one, of course), and migrants really have little comfort or financial motive for settling there. Some traits particular to a white country, however, will always appeal to non-white migrants no matter how impoverished the country is: for young male migrants, an obvious example is white women.

      It ought to be pointed out that EUROSTAT has identified Greece as the the most xenophobic nation in Europe, as reported in a profile by ENAR (“European Network Against Racism”). I am not sure if that is in referee to the whole of Europe or just the EU (I suspect Albania could rank a few notches higher), and have no idea how those loathsome bureaucrats have defined “xenophobia” (except for an interesting definition I found which formalizes the term to mean “racism as a crime”). Still, I think the report does correctly detect a sentiment of ethno-nationalism in Greece that is more acute than in many other European countries.

      And so, overall, Greece is not quite the ideal destination for most of the alien migrants looking to squat in Europe.

  • I suppose the Greeks have a neat little idea that since their culture has survived some 3,000 years, that perhaps they ought to try to preserve it for another 3,000.

  • IstvanIN

    When capital punishment is imposed for illegal aliens then illegal crossings will stop.  Until then even internment camps, not to mention welfare, is better than the nations they come from.

  • JackKrak

    I support their efforts 100% but I must admit that I see an irony in the fact that Greece has an enormous diaspora around the world. Also, the spokeman for the EU border agency is clearly Polish and Poland’s #1 export for the last 200 years has been people.

    • There is no actually irony in that. Unlike the situation with most other nations, the Hellenic diaspora is not a product of modernity and globalization but is as ancient as Greek civilization itself. In antiquity Greeks could be found in just about every noteworthy city nearto the Mediterranean basin or the coast of the Black Sea, and in smaller numbers as far east as northern Afghanistan and the Indus River.

      Very few still live in the areas now under the control of Moslem states, but small numbers of Greeks can be found in northern Egypt, Lebanon, and Israel (the later population consisting heavily of those with religious functions). The Greeks who lived on the European coast of the Western Med. probably assimilated into French, Spanish, and Italian cultures eventually, but in the south of Italy there still does exist a few rustic villages where a divergent Greek dialect is spoken: those villagers being the descendents of Greek colonists from at least the Byzantine period, and possibly even from before the founding of Rome.

      So, it is really not ironic, because for Greeks it is a deeply established option to live in diaspora. The fact that they do not want aliens entering Greece even while so many Greeks live abroad is sound practice for survival as a people.

      (The part you mention about the Polish chief of EU border security, however, is pretty darn ironic.)

  • KenelmDigby

    Notice that Greece really went down hill at around the same time its political class foisted unlimited third world immigration upon the Greek people.

    •  Greece has been going downhill since her armies were utterly defeated in the Asia Minor Catastrophe nine decades ago. A series of quasi-dictatorships and the government of the military junta were able to stall serious further declines for a period, but ever since the leftist overthrow of the junta we have seen the country devolve into such a corrupt semi-socialist backwater that one could be forgiven for believing that Greece had been behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. The best of Greek society, the evidence suggests, went abroad (and to Cyprus) after the leftist coup and so the country was left with Marxist toads and mafiosi at the controls.

      The decline of Greece has been underway for decades, but the Greek political class (as the canny gangsters they are) was able to suppress the evidence and signs until recently. It is as if the country has been run by Enron execs.

  •  The Turks actually did one worse than destroy it when they turned it into a minareted mosque. 

  • IstvanIN

    We are tooooooo good to Castro’s escapees.

  • Don’t forget that it was only a few decades ago that the Turks launched an invasion of Cyprus and forcibly partitioned the country. Although Greek Cypriots are politically separate from their brethren, the fraternal solidarity between them is solid and so the Turkish invasion was seen as an attack on the nation as a whole.

    What you say is true though: the antagonism between Greece and Turkey is a fearsome one. It might be compared to those of the Irish and Brits or the Albanians and Serbs.

    “Turks” should be understood, however, as Moslem (or nominally Moslem) Turks. In eastern Mediterranean and Balkan society, religion (including nominal affiliation) traditionally played a major role in defining who was part of what group. The Christian and Turkic-speaking Karamanlides, originally of Cappadocia, are for instance not considered part of the Turkish nation and were likewise deported to Greece after the Greek armies were defeated in Anatolia in 1922. They were identified as “Romans” (Romaioi, e.g., Byzantines) together with Greeks proper, and write their language in the Greek alphabet.

    A Greek who converts to Islam, by contrast, are no longer considered Greek. Although in terms of genealogy this cannot be true, in the social context it makes perfect sense. Such individuals, again applying cultural rather than genealogical rules, are frequently deemed (and ridiculed) as “Turks”.

    Don’t conclude, however, that race is not part of this system of national consciousness. The rules apply properly only to peoples of the region, and migrants from farther abroad can’t become Greek by joining the Church.

  •  Turkey is not a NATO ‘ally’ but a full member of the organization. For that reason, NATO cannot be trusted in any defensive mission in Europe besides its original purpose as a counterweight to the Russians.

    Furthermore, it must be remembered that the border integrity of Europe is not effectively defended because the inward migration of aliens is, to the liberal political-class in Europe, not a problem but a policy. NATO is not only staffed by folks of that class, but is indeed the guardian of the whole regime.

    To militarize the frontier would make Europe look less welcoming to outlanders, both common and wholeheartedly hostile ones. Why would the political-class undermine their own priorities so?

  • 99%  of asylum applications to the Greek government are declined, according to one study, with the last 1% probably having been passed as a result of a screening that incorporates nationalistic concerns amongst the parameters. For most other countries in Europe, especially farther to the west, such behavior would be considered absolutely evil and Hitlerite.

  • Many of those immigrants are Bulgarians who come to pick crops at the request of Greek farmers because Greeks are subsidizing sloth while Bulgaria is smart enough to avoid a “social safety net.”  That’s why Greece is an economic basket case that needs constant bailing out.