ATHENS – Greece and Portugal called on Tuesday for an urgent European solution in order to tackle the refugee crisis.
The Portuguese deputy prime minister, Eduardo Cabrita, met with the minister for migration, Dimitris Vitsas, at a migrant camp in Athens to call for the European Union to coordinate a collective response that warrants the sharing of responsibility and solidarity in order to deal with the migrant crisis.
On occasion of Cabrita’s visit to a camp on the island of Samos, one the most heavily affected areas in Europe, the Portuguese politician said that Portugal was the fifth country in the EU to take in migrants that had arrived on Greek shores.
Vitsas said both member states aimed to find European solutions for European problems.
According to Vitsas, Greece was working closely with Portugal in order to push for the reform of the Dublin regulation which states that asylum status needs to be processed by the state through which the migrant first entered the EU.
During his visit, Cabrita went to the Eleonas government-run camp in Athens, which houses around 2,300 refugees in metallic shipping containers and is considered one of the best camps in the country.
In recent months, the flux of migrants has escalated, especially through the Turkish border.
35,400 migrants entered Greece between January-September, already more than the total 29,000 who arrived in 2017.