Greece Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas has warned that the number of nonwhite invaders “trapped” in that country could reach 70,000 after the other Balkan states instituted a “cap” on all border crossings.
Speaking in an interview with Greece’s Mega Channel TV, Mouzalas said that his government estimated that “the number of those trapped will be from 50,000–70,000 people next month,” and that there were already some 22,000 “trapped” in Greece.
The “trapped” invaders are all from nonwhite countries in North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and elsewhere who have not the slightest claim to “asylum” in Europe.
Some 6,500 invaders were stuck at the Idomeni camp on Greece’s northern border with Macedonia on Sunday as Macedonian border officials let only 300 invaders pass the day before.
On Sunday the crossing remained closed, according to Greek local police.
The build-up at the camp, which can hold up to 1,500 people, began in earnest last week after Macedonia began refusing entry to Afghans and imposed stricter document controls on Syrians and Iraqis.
But the bottleneck was expected to worsen after EU members Slovenia and Croatia, as well as Serbia and Macedonia, imposed a limit of 580 invaders entering their borders each day.
Austria introduced a daily cap of 80 “asylum-seekers” and said it would only allow 3,200 invaders to move on to Germany per day. As a result, the tighter controls have had a big knock-on effect in Greece, where the nonwhites have been arriving at the rate of over 3,000 per day from Turkey.
Mouzalas said he expected the influx to slow when the information about closed borders spread in Turkey. He also said the campaign alongside NATO’s presence in the Aegean Sea, which is helping to police Greek waters, was expected to reduce arrivals by 70 percent.