Wednesday 22 February 2017

Consider the facts before criticising Greece over migrant crisis

Published 22/08/2015 | 02:30

A migrant hugs her son after safely arriving on a beach on the Greek island of Kos
A migrant hugs her son after safely arriving on a beach on the Greek island of Kos

The problem of migrants is nothing new to Greece, which currently has more than 1.5 million migrants within its borders. Most of these unfortunate people fleeing wars get to Greece by boat and as we have witnessed on our TV screens, these boats are far from sea-worthy, seriously endangering the lives of those onboard.

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The Greek coast guard strictly follows the guidelines set by the SOLAS convention. This dictates that the master of a ship at sea that is able to provide assistance, on receiving information from any source that persons are in distress at sea, is bound to proceed with all speed to their assistance.

And over the years they have saved tens of thousands of lives, so you can with absolute certainty know that the Greek coast guard did not deliberately sink a migrant boat. No matter how poor Greece is at present, the coast guard is there to protect and to serve without discrimination.

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