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The deterrent anti-migrants fence in Greece will not solve anything at all, according to Migration Committee’s President

Strasbourg, 09.02.2012 – The President of the Migration Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Giacomo Santini, has stated that "the erection of a barbed wire fence between Greece and Turkey will not solve anything at all. It will simply give rise to greater distress and more loss of human lives."

"People attempting to reach Europe will look for alternative routes," he went on. "We have already seen this in the Mediterranean region: when obstacles are increased, migration routes shift. Migratory flows now go through Turkey. They will soon follow even more dangerous routes across the mountains, in order to get into Europe via the countries of the north-east," he said.

"The solution lies elsewhere. Greece is on its knees and needs assistance and support. Europe must show greater solidarity and share responsibility where migration is concerned. Greece needs neither the Dublin system, which unfairly distributes responsibilities for asylum in Europe, nor a barbed wire fence, which may well be more decorative than effective," he concluded.