Turkey benefits from the migration by reducing the number of potential malcontents in the country and increasing those in its ancient enemy Greece. The mainly Muslim on-migration into Western Europe also has a potential benefit of increasing Turkey’s power over the region in the future.
With Turkey being one of the items on the agenda of the EU summit starting on Thursday (19 October), AFP is reporting that migrants are still coming to Greek islands despite the EU-Turkey deal to stem the arrival of refugees from Turkish territory.
Dozens of tents stud a hillside surrounded by olive trees, while children in flimsy sandals – the lucky ones wearing socks – play on mounds of stinking garbage as the sun rises on the Greek island of Samos.
Almost two years since more than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe, thousands are still living in squalor after risking their lives crossing the Aegean Sea.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
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Samos, North Aegean, Greece
Greece (GR) is estimated to have a population of 10.9 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of -0.4% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will decrease by 0.2 million.