ATHENS, Greece — The European Union has provided far less than is needed to help Greece deal with the massive influx of refugees and other migrants this year, the country's European affairs minister said Friday.
Nikos Xydakis gave the example of staff from the European border agency Frontex, saying that Greece needed 750 but initially received only 350, increasing by a further 100 or so in recent days.
"Since May Greece has persistently been asking for technical, technological and staffing help, and what it has received from Europe is far less than what was asked for," Xydakis told The Associated Press in an interview.
Greece is the main point of entry into the EU for people fleeing war and poverty at home, with the vast majority of the 700,000 people who have entered the country this year reaching Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast. Few want to remain in the financially stricken nation, with nearly all heading on an overland route through the Balkans to the more prosperous European north.
The government says it has also received fewer fingerprinting machines than it needs to identify and register people, and not enough help to patrol the Aegean.
"There is an inability of the member states and the European mechanisms to respond to the needs of this storm," Xydakis said.
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