Patras port

Usually my life does not brush up against the kind of things I read about in newspapers. Yesterday afternoon, however, I saw a group of about 8 people dressed in dark clothes like housebreakers run across the port area to try to stowaway in the back of a lorry. The driver shooed them away – despite being outnumbered – and they backed off. Later – from the ferry – I watched another figure climb easily over the security fence and try to get into the back of another lorry waiting to board. Again, the driver waved him away.

It all happened in broad daylight and nobody in authority took any notice or action. I guess Greece has no objections to unwanted migrants disappearing to Italy. More are arriving each week: in the local newspaper there were two stories in a fortnight of dozens of migrants being intercepted or rescued off the coast.

I have no idea if such uncontrolled movements of young men into Europe will bring about a major change, or if they will be assimilated into the continent and life continue as usual. But I’m sure that the EU should not have to rely so much on lorry drivers being vigilant.

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