Gillard (and others) Could Learn from Greece!
As Australia embarks on a protracted election campaign, on which we intend to comment regularly, despite a slobberingly drunk Un-Australian oik’s (of course unpublished) articulate input yesterday, that we should ‘shut our pie-hole‘ – yes, that’s the level of the left in expat debate – we offer a sensible suggestion for Gillard’s Government.
She probably won’t take it on board. But one hopes popular pressure on the crimmigrant question will make some candidates consider what’s happening in the cradle of European democracy.
EUObserver recently reported good news from Greece, that illegal immigrants are no longer crossing into the country from its land border with Turkey.
Barbed-wire fences, landmines, thermal night vision cameras and regular patrols are among the tools used to stop a phenomenon the Greek state considers a national security threat.
Australia’s Gillard, please note! That’s how to do it! Over 50,000 tried to ooze across the Evros in 2011, now near none at all!
Pashalis Syritoudis, director of police in the Greek border village of Orestiadas. “In July 2012 we had 6,500 illegal migrants who passed the border. In August, we had only 1,800. In September, only 71 illegal immigrants, in October only 26 and now there are none,” he told EUobserver on 22 November.
YES, YES, YES!
Wake up, the Rest of the West!
“We have given a very clear message to the facilitators [migrant smugglers] and their source countries in North Africa and other countries that Evros is no longer an easy passage to enter Europe,” Syritoudis noted.
But EUobserver still uses the aburd term irregular migrants, as if the parasites suffer from bowel disorder instead of arrogant disregard for sovereign frontiers. EUObs also inserts sob-stories of crimmigrant casualties, as if they were not the cause of their own misfortunes by sneaking into countries where they are neither invited nor welcome.
Never mind, at least they report glad tidings, albeit with a pink tinge added.
And yes, what applies to a land border can’t be exactly replicated on the ocean. But the point is, the Greeks have shown the would-be bludgers they mean business. Until the same message is sent and received along Australia’s Sunny Shores, things will not improve.