Migrant influx a challenge, Greek minister says

Amid an increase in the influx of undocumented migrants from Turkey, Alternate Citizens' Protection Minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos, who is responsible for migration policy, has said that Europe's migration problem is beyond Greece's capabilities to handle independently. 

In comments to BBC Radio, Koumoutsakos suggested that an increase in arrivals on the Greek islands in recent weeks is not only due to the favorable weather but also to developments in the Eastern Mediterranean - notably Turkey's illegal drilling activity off Cyprus and Ankara's ties with the European Union and the US - though he did not elaborate. 

Koumoutsakos accused the previous leftist administration of creating a "closed system" of migrants and refugees entering the country without corresponding outflows as the section of the EU-Ankara pact regarding returns of migrants to Turkey was patchily...

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