Weak­nesses ex­posed

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It took a visit to Greece by a UNHCR rep­re­sen­ta­tive to point out the in­ad­e­quacy of the gov­ern­ment and the state mech­a­nism in gen­eral to han­dle the es­ca­lat­ing is­sue of illegal mi­grants. It also took Com­mis­sioner for Mi­gra­tion, Home Af­fairs and Cit­i­zen­ship Dim­itris Avramopou­los to re­mind Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras that ma­jor fund­ing is avail­able to Greece to be uti­lized by the gov­ern­ment for the same pur­pose – as if the prob­lem was not there for all to see. It turns out the so­lu­tion to the prob­lem is sup­posed to come from Max­i­mos Man­sion, in other words from the prime min­is­ter him­self, who is set on han­dling the is­sue. While we wait for the re­sults, it should be pointed out that this is hardly the right im­age for any ad­min­is­tra­tion or a coun­try. As for the min­is­ter in charge of immigration pol­icy, she lim­ited her­self yesterday to ex­press­ing sat­is­fac­tion at the fact that in­de­pen­dent of­fi­cials are de­mon­strat­ing their sol­i­dar­ity with mi­grants and refugees who have set up camp in Pe­dion tou Areos park in cen­tral Athens.

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