ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Greek Minister of Migration revealed that the number of Kurdish immigrants in Greece is small compared to other migrant communities that have sought safe haven there in recent years.
Yannis Mouzalas, in an exclusive interview with Kurdistan24 on Sunday, stated, “I do not think we have so many Kurds here in Greece [and]...most of them do not want to leave their country but instead they want to fight terrorism.”
“Kurdish immigrants are good people and not trouble makers,” Mouzalas continued, and enthused, “We have exceptional relations with Kurds here; they are very friendly and peaceful."
Mouzalas said that the refugee and migrant crisis is an increasingly important issue facing Greece, especially since many European Union (EU) member states have closed their borders. “2,000 to 3,000 migrants flow to Europe every day from Turkey,” the minister explained.
Mouzalas revealed a plan to stem the flow of immigrants and instead have the majority resettled in camps across Turkey.
According to the minister, Greece cannot bear the burden of the refugee crisis alone. “...We are obliged to tell Turkey to take back those immigrants that came to Greece [through Turkey].”
Regarding the recent financial assistance package offered by the EU to Turkey, Mouzalas clarified, “The money the EU is providing is not for Turkey; it is for the refugees in Turkey and will be managed by the EU.”
Reporting by Baxtiyar Goran Editing by Benjamin Kweskin