Commission report on relocation:
Does it know how many refugees there in Greece?
- Commission asks "the Greek authorities to clarify the total number of migrants present on the mainland and the islands."
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Statewatch has asked before: Is the refugee crisis going to disappear? Is the Council Presidency playing a cynical numbers game with the figures - or are we going to see mass returns?
At the time of the June Commission 13th report on relocation (pdf) there were 62,258 refugees in Greece.
However, the Commission's report says that:
"As of 9 June, in total 27,208 people have lodged their applications under the relocation scheme; 13,973 people have been already relocated while 10,923 still need to be relocated"
Thus 10,923 people according to the Commission are "eligible" to be relocated and the report states that:
"2,312 candidates for relocation have been rejected by the Member States of relocation, were channelled to the Dublin procedure or to the national Greek procedure (e.g., because the submission was revoked by Greece for administrative reasons, negative security check by the Greek police before submission, etc.), or, a very limited number, passed away."
But this stil leaves 49,023 to be accounted for. If they are not deemed to be eligible for relocation what is going to happen to them?
Statewatch regularly publishes the figures provided by the Greek Ministry which show that there are 14,110 refugees on the Greek Islands and 48,148 on the mainland and more still arriving: See: Greek Ministry figures (pdf). Yet the Commission's report in a Footnote (p3) says:
"In order to further help the Greek authorities in planning and delivery of additional support, the Commission also invites the Greek authorities to clarify the total number of migrants present on the mainland and the islands." [emphasis added]
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