This wave got here as the results of a crackdown on migrants in Turkey on the similar time combating intensified in Syria. Two months in the past, Istanbul started pushing unregistered migrants to seek out different locations to reside, though the push is coming in earnest now.
AMG Worldwide’s Tasos Ioannidis explains, “There are about 4 million people who are refugees in Turkey. It’s very expensive to take care of them. President Erdogan wants the European Union to give him more money to keep the refugees there; he’s basically using the refugee flow as leverage to get more money out of the European Union.”
Nonetheless, Ioannidis believes Erdogan has one other motive for shifting folks round; he is additionally utilizing them as a buffer zone. “Erdogan considers the Kurds unfriendly, or enemies of Turkey, so he’s trying to dilute the Kurdish population. He’s pushing to get the United States and the European Union to sign off on him moving refugees in that area. So he’s basically using the refugees for political leverage and to achieve his goals.”
Erdogan additionally warned that until a ‘safe-zone’ grew to become a actuality inside Syria quickly, he would power Syrian refugees out of Turkey.
Help staff warn of disaster in Greece
Ioannidis says that for a number of years, the move of refugees coming to Greece slowed down. This newest from Turkey ended the respite for Greece. “Now, in the last two months, we have seen a significant increase in refugee flows. The week before, there were almost 3000 people that crossed into Greece. Yesterday, there were about 300 that cross the different places in Greece. Yesterday, the main crossing point was the island of Samos.”
For unlawful immigrants, Greece, Italy and Spain are the EU’s busiest entry factors. As a result of Greece has an unlimited shoreline, it’s onerous to cease folks coming by boat. Smugglers are cashing in on desperation, dumping 1000’s on the seashores of Lesvos, Samos, Kos, Leros and Chios.
However even when the boat makes it to an island, the situations aren’t higher. “Moria and Lesvos, which are the best-known hotspots in Greece, (were) designed for 3000 people and it is way over 11,000 people right now. The conditions are bad because it is overcrowded, and you have similar situations in other hotspots in the other Greek islands.” Help staff warn that the overcrowding is ballooning right into a humanitarian disaster.
Stretching the assets
Given how close to Greece got here to insolvency in the course of the peak of the refugee disaster, will the assets stretch? Ioannidis says, “So far, we have been able to manage, but we are seeing more people coming and that the demand for resources is increasing. There is no question about that. We do feel like we are under increased pressure.”
AMG runs a HomeSpot Middle in Lavrio, together with a second care heart in Thessaloniki. Additionally they just lately opened a HomeSpot in downtown Athens together with a HomeSpot Lab close to the middle in Lavrio.
Ioannidis factors out that, “As the refugees are coming, people are becoming less welcoming because of the drain on the resources. We need to be praying about the situation that there is no violence in the refugee camps that people continue to do what they can.” It takes $30,000 to cowl annual staffing and operational bills to run the HomeSpot refugee care heart in Athens, Greece.
He says they’re keeping track of one other situation, too. “Among the refugees, there is a number of unescorted the children—we are talking about young children–at least 70 that came recently that are in a particular center in Athens.”
Pray, give, go
A ultimate thought: as AMG’s employees works with the displaced coming to Greece, they’ve a platform from which to share the hope that they’ve in Christ. A troubling story can discover decision in a time of desperation, nevertheless it would not come with out religious intervention. “Pray for everyone that’s concerned on this course of, that they are going to have persistence and in addition that God will proceed to work of their lives; (pray) that the doorways will stay open to share the Gospel.”
(Headline photograph courtesy AMG Worldwide)