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German Finance Minister Slams Greece Over Refugee Influx Mismanagement

© REUTERS / Michalis KaragiannisRefugees and migrants walk after disembarking from the passenger ferry Eleftherios Venizelos from the island of Lesbos at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, December 26, 2015
Refugees and migrants walk after disembarking from the passenger ferry Eleftherios Venizelos from the island of Lesbos at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, December 26, 2015 - Sputnik International
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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said that Athens for years ignored the Dublin regulation that obliges migrants to apply for asylum in the first EU member state they arrive in, the media reported.

Refugees and migrants sleep on the railway tracks close to the borders of Greece with Macedonia, near the village of Idomeni, September 6, 2015 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Sunday criticized Athens' refugees management amid a major influx of migrants to the European Union.

"The Greeks should not only blame others for their problems, they should also consider how they can improve themselves," Schaeuble said, as quoted by the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Schaeuble added that Athens for years ignored the Dublin regulation that obliges migrants to apply for asylum in the first EU member state they arrive in, the media reported.

Syrian migrants and refugees gather at a makeshift migrant detention center at Kos' abandoned football stadium after crossing from Turkey, at the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. - Sputnik International
Greece: A Country in Economic and Migration Mess
According to Schaeuble, German courts decided long ago that conditions for refuges in Greece are inhumane and, therefore, migrants cannot be deported there.

Over 1.2 million illegal border crossings into the bloc have been detected by EU border agency Frontex since the beginning of 2015. Greece is a key transit point for people fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa, in search of safety and refuge in Europe.

At least 800,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece from Turkey via the Aegean Sea in 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration.

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