Dimitris Avramopoulos - International Organization for Migration

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If no action is taken within one month from now, then I will have to move forward by taking legal measures.feedback
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May 16 2017 Refugees
Dimitris Avramopoulos has been quoted 43 times. The one recent article where Dimitris Avramopoulos has been quoted is E.U. Decides Not to Require Visas for Americans. Most recently, Dimitris Avramopoulos was quoted as having said, “Our continued engagement and patient diplomatic contacts over the past year have brought tangible results already with Canada, and we are committed to proceeding in the same way with the U.S. Dialogue with our strategic partners is the right way forward, and we are on the right track.”.
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There were clashes, from what I am in a position to know, I have been reported repeatedly, informed and reported by the Greek authorities, there were some problems in some camps but this issue is resolved and I believe that very soon Belgium will send back its experts to the Greek islands.feedback

Yes, yes. They are not allowed to be granted an extension. Unless there is a justified reason, very well explained that will convince us to do it. But I don't think that there is such an intention in these countries.feedback

There are three countries that have requested for an extension of the reintroduction of the internal border controls. You know that we have a project. We name it back to Schengen. And we are determined to go back to a normal functioning of Schengen.feedback

We do not ignore the fact that Turkey is under huge pressure, under attack by ISIS (so-called Islamic State), under attack by PKK, every week there are terrorist attacks in Turkey and we are still in the aftermath of the attempted failed coup d'etat. So, the situation even internally, politically is quite volatile.feedback

We never ignore what the Parliament says but I want to remind you that this resolution is of (a) consultative nature.feedback

SMEs are the backbone of Greece's economy, we are helping their access to funding so that they can create jobs.feedback

Turkey still needs to fulfill the remaining benchmarks of the roadmap, so that visa requirements for Turkish citizens can be lifted soon.feedback

So far, only 7272 people have been resettled, of the the agreed 22.504 under the July scheme, mainly from Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.feedback

For the moment, it is Turkey that has been used by the smugglers and by the refugees. And what we try to do now is firstly to get Turkey on board, secondly to manage the flows and thirdly to fight in an effective way the smugglers network, to crack down on the smugglers pattern.feedback

We cannot have free movement internally if we cannot manage our external borders effectively.feedback

The ones who use to come over to Europe who are in need of international protection will have it, the others have to be returned.feedback

Lone initiatives do not lead anywhere. Right now, the unity of the union and human lives are at stake. There are only 10 days left till the 7th of March.feedback

If some member states might react in a negative way and they don't want to comply we have the means to try to convince them.feedback

It's not foreseeable for the near future. So right now we don't want to punish anybody. What we want to do is to put everybody in front of their responsibilities.feedback

Nothing like this has been proposed or discussed. What we have to do is to better manage our external borders. It's obvious that frontline member states must work more and here we are...to help them to better do their job.feedback

Only 12 countries so far have accepted to be part of it. So, things have started changing: the climate is more positive and I believe at the end everyone will accept to have refugees relocated in their countries.feedback

There is little doubt that the numbers are very, very small. but it was just the beginning. As you know, we had the very first relocation operation from Italy, one month ago, and from Athens two weeks ago. It is, I would say, like a start-up. We have a long way to run in order to say that we are satisfied. I believe that as long as we move ahead, and from the moment that all member states decide to be part of this relocation scheme and project, things will be better.feedback

It can become so. It can become, but as I said, we didn't start well. and I said it, I was very open, that I was not happy with the first numbers, but the system, the program must start functioning.feedback

It's a commitment, and believe me, during the last two months, I'm in the position to know, things are moving faster in Greece!feedback

The relocations cannot work without the hotspots, so it's good to know that the hotspots in Lesbos, in many other parts of Europe are there to assess all cases – and not keep people on the island more than 24 hours. Then they will be transfered to the mainland and from there to the other member states.feedback

You have to be optimistic in these kinds of matters! It's a unique opportunity right now to talk frankly! Let's hope it will not be one more summit where everybody talks and then they go back home without having done anything!feedback

And if they don't wish to do so, unfortunately they must know, they must take back their way (make their way back) to their home.feedback

This only serves to divert flows or escalate tensions and I think you all agree with me that violence is not the solution either.feedback

There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror. We have a moral duty to offer them protection.feedback

It is clear: member states must deliver on the promises made at the European Council last month…..I want to be frank with you: I am disappointed that this did not happen today but it was a very important step forward.feedback

We all agreed that the Schengen and free movement must be safeguarded, both for citizens and for the economy.feedback

We plan to propose to member states that the emergency mechanism be activated , so that a substantial number of asylum seekers can be re-settled from the front-line countries such as Greece to other EU member states.feedback

Italia no es sola, Europe is there, Europe is there with its support, political support, with its initiatives and with its fundings.feedback

Smugglers are finding new routes to Europe and are employing new methods in order to exploit desperate people. These events underscore the need for decisive and coordinated EU-wide action.feedback

Austerity measures without stimulus for growth and liquidity on the markets won't lead to an economic boom, but to less productivity and more people out of work.feedback

We believe that a substantial softening of the agreed reforms is not an option for the German government, but we must wait for the report of the troika – the representatives of the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – before judging anything. Rumours about what the report could contain don't count, their report itself does.feedback

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