There are gaps in EU solidarity over migration, says European Ombudsman

There are gaps in the solidarity shown by European Union to Greece over the issue of migration, the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, said at the start of a three-day visit at the refugee center of Eleonas on Tuesday.

“We have been watching for a number of years what is happening in Greece, we have seen the struggles that Greece has faced, the economic crisis and the impressive friendship and solidarity that Greeks have shown to the people who are here and to other similar accommodation centers,” she said.

O’Reilly said she wants to ensure that people understand what is being done in Greece on migration, where funding is going and make sure that the people living in those centers are being protected.

Deputy Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Balafas said the main priority for refugees in Greece is a common European system, a solidarity mechanism that will share burdens across Europe and all European countries, and will rely on relocation proportionally.