Serbian Prime Minister Blames Germany, Greece for EU Migrant Crisis

© AFP 2022 / PHILIPPE HUGUEN Illegal migrants demonstrate against British government, on August 20, 2015 in Calais, on the occasion of the visit of Britain's Home Secretary visit to Calais to sign a deal aimed at alleviating the migrant crisis
Illegal migrants demonstrate against British government, on August 20, 2015 in Calais, on the occasion of the visit of Britain's Home Secretary visit to Calais to sign a deal aimed at alleviating the migrant crisis - Sputnik International
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German and Greek authorities are responsible for the EU migrant crisis, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Monday.

BERLIN (Sputnik) — The Serbian Prime Minister shared his thoughts with the German Handelsblatt newspaper in an interview:

"I am sure that if Germany offered less money [monthly payments] to migrants from the Western Balkans, the inflow [of refugees] would reduce significantly."

Vucic also condemned Greek local authorities' "unacceptable" reluctance to register refugees entering the European Union.

Europe is currently facing a major refugee crisis, as thousands of undocumented migrants, mostly from North Africa and the Middle East, attempt to escape their conflict-torn countries and find safety in the European Union.

Migrants wait along the railway tracks of the Eurotunnel terminal at the Calais-Frethun station outside the northern French port of Calais on August 13, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Last week, the German Interior Ministry announced that the country expected to take in 800,000 asylum seekers and refugees by the end of the year, three times more migrants than in 2014.

Some Balkan countries, including Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Albania, were among the top-10 most common countries-of-origin of asylum seekers in Germany in 2014, comprising over 60,000 applications, according to Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates that nearly 125,000 migrants have arrived in Greece’s Aegean Islands this year, a fourfold increase from 2014.

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