Furious Czech leader Milos Zeman ordered Brussels to send all failed asylum seekers to “empty places” in North Africa or “uninhabited Greek islands” to deter further mass migration to Europe, by Nick Gutteridge.
The outspoken president said EU nations should provide refuge to people fleeing war and persecution in Syria, but insisted anyone found to be an economic migrant should be sent home.
And Mr Zeman blasted: “I am for deportation of all economic migrants. Of course I respect the cruelty of civil war in Syria, Iraq, and so on. But we do not speak about those people, we speak about economic migrants. We are in Greece, and Greece has plenty of uninhabited islands, and big foreign debt. So if you have ‘hotspots’ in Greek islands, this would be a sort of payment of foreign debt.”
He told the Financial Times: “I am sure there is a strong connection between the wave of migrants and the wave of jihadis…and those people who deny this connection are wrong.”
hat-tip Stephen Neil