Head of EU border agency says a MILLION more refugees will come this year


Fabrice Leggeri warned that walls and wire were no match for determined people and added; “Fences will stop no-one.”

“It would be a success if the refugee numbers for this year remained stable in comparison to 2015”, he said.

“We are confronting a situation in Syria this year which will result in another million refugees.”

Currently, he said, it was important to bring migrants from the Greek/Macedonian border into the so-called hotspots for processing.

He went on: “Experience has shown that fences and patrols at sea do not stop the refugees. We think it likely that more migrants are trying to get to Italy via Libya.  Also routes through Ukraine and Russia or Greece are a new possibility.

Most of the refugees  succeeded reaching Germany in the first two months of 2016 came without documents – 77 percent of them in January alone, according to the German interior ministry.

Refugees do not want to present papers for fear that entry stamps will show up the route they took, meaning Germany could send them back to the first place they entered on the continent.

Leggeri criticized the border closures within the EU, adding;  “If individual states close their borders, that doesn”t help.  When Hungary has sealed off the border with a fence, the people used the Balkan route to get to the west.

“There can be only one European solution: a distribution of people in Europe and the protection of the Schengen free movement zone.”