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aegeanmig9Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 6 October 2019

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS

In recent weeks, Greece is experiencing a major resurgence of illegal alien arrivals replicating the worst moments of the 2015 mass invasion. The onslaught is well organized and timed. Human traffickers, operating along Turkey’s Aegean shores, often with the collaboration of Turkish authorities, have perfected their system of pushing the illegals across the narrows: the inflatables are shoved in the water in broad daylight, their passengers are well equipped with life preservers, and the “captains,” smugglers of various nationalities and carrying latest technology cellphones, steer directly and primarily to Lesbos, where NGO “receivers” are waiting (with their global reception cellphones at the ready) to immediately disembark the arrivals, make sure they discard their floaters, and point them to the interior of the island already ravaged and savaged by these incoming hordes...Read more


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