Poll: 77% of Greeks are not satisfied with EU's handling of migrant crisis
Survey and Commentary on Results
More than 2/3 of the respondents stated not satisfied with EU's handling of the migrant crisis, not only in Greece, but in the Union overall. At the same time, 64% stated satisfied with the policy of the Greek government when dealing with the migrant crisis.
The European Commission, and especially the relevant Commissioner Mr Avramopoulos despite having assumed efforts in this field, are seen negatively by the big majority of the respondents that acknowledge that EU mechanisms could do far more than financially and technically supporting the most affected member-states. At the same time, the support on the Greek government can be explained by the fact that the state has no capacity to deal with such excessive migrant flows nor any special plan that has not implemented yet. The government has decided to transfer a big part of the migrants in the heartland, but even this option does not seem viable in the long run.
The great majority of Greeks consider the migrant crisis as a merely European issue, a fact that it is also explained by the strong support and/or sympathy over the Greek government in the previous question. As of the final question, more than 1/3 of the respondents states that what it takes to address this hot issue is, for the EU and global powers, to mediate in war zones and try to reach or impose ceasefire so that outflows can be controlled and asylum seekers can be restrained. Second in the row comes the interstate cooperation between EU member-states, and third the allocation of migrants into third countries outside the EU. Financial assistance gathers the lowest support, a fact that explains that locals have clearly understand that dealing with migration is not simply a matter of money.
From our perspective, we highlight this 20% that asked for involvement of third countries, which we consider as a first step towards acknowledging that migration, population displacements and human geography shifts are not an issue that the EU has and can deal with by itself, but a global one that necessitates broader actions and cooperation.
August 10, 2015