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Migrants Clashing with Each Other in Greece

April 13, 2016
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 (AFP Photo/Angelos Tzortzinis)

(AFP Photo/Angelos Tzortzinis)

Violence is taking place in migrant camps across Greece. Afghans are turning on Syrians.

The people in the camps face different outcomes. Those from Syria have a chance to go to Europe. People from Afghanistan and elsewhere are being sent to refugee camps in Turkey. Or, they may be sent back to their home countries.

It is the result of the plan put in place by the European Union. The Afghans are called economic migrants. This means they are not likely to get to Europe. The Syrians are refugees fleeing from violence. They want political asylum. This makes them eligible to go to Europe.

It is a big mess. The tensions are causing Afghans to clash with Syrians.

An Afghan man said, “Now they want to throw us back to our country. But not the Syrians. Why should they get special treatment? Afghanistan is not safe. We have the Taliban, who want to kill us.”

Experts say the tension and violence are only at the beginning. While cases are heard, thousands of Syrians will go to Turkey. There they will learn their fate. Migrants from everywhere do not think Turkey is safe for them.

The EU wants to cut down the number of migrants trying to get to Europe. They hope this program will do that. It is too early to tell.

Many people are being hurt in the clashes. The police do not intervene until the fighting has gone on for some time. Local Greeks who do not like the immigrants are also harassing them.

Human rights groups say the plan is causing chaos and hardship. People are not getting a fair hearing. The rule of law is not in place.

Source: The New York Times April 8, 2016

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