On April 2, dozens of local residents blocked a road about to demand the evacuation of more than 11,000 refuges to transit centres across Greece.
Georgios Georgantas, a politician with the conservative opposition New Democracy party, joined the protest calling for the “immediate” evacuation of Idomeni camp “using violence, if necessary”.
Some Idomeni residents reported that some refugees had broken into empty homes.
In the coastal Turkish town of Dikili, hundreds of residents protested against the host of more than 5,000 refugees expelled from the nearby Greek islands of Chios and Lesbos.
Concerns about the effect of the EU deal could have on the economy, tourism and security in their town were expressed during the demonstration.
On the other hand, readmissions to Turkey also stir up despair and tension within the refugee community.
The closure of a Macedonian railway station some miles away of Idomeni caused a spontaneous protest that lasts until now. Refugees from the Idomeni-based make-shift camp have been blocking hundred of vehicles since April 4 on the road that connects Greece to Macedonia. The station is essential on the refugee journey to reach Western European countries. It has been indeed used by at least half million of refugees since last summer.
After the mismanagement of this humanitarian crisis within the European borders, EU authorities have unveiled recently plans to reform asylum rules to cope with a large influx of people. Attention needs to be put in the next steps that will be made from EU representatives.
For now, the immediate results of the implementation of the EU deal with Turkey has been over 200 migrants, mostly Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals, transferred on three boats from Greek islands to Turkey’s province Izmir on April 4. 700 refugees were expected to be escorted to Turkey by European border control agency Frontex officers until April 7.
– Joan Isus, Correspondent (Politics)