If an illegal immigrants want to illegally move away from Greece and reach another EU member country, the price one has to pay is apparently between 3,000 and 5,000 euro. This was the money a gang consisting of at least two Iraqis was charging to illegal immigrants who wanted to travel from Greece to other member-countries of the European Union.
The ways to reach the European “promised land” were by land, by sea or by the air.
I recently read on Greek media reports about the tariffs illegal immigrants pay to leave their home-countries and come to Greece. I had heard during the last 10-15 years that the tariff was some 2,000-3,000 US Dollar. Meanwhile the price has apparently gone up to 3,000 or even 5,000 euro.
From hat I read and know, poor families sell some land fields and borrow money from relatives to send a member abroad.
If they can get together 3,000 euro in their home land, why don’t they set up a business there, for example? If they can find another 3,000-5,000 euro in Greece, why don’t they go back and set up a business then?
What is the driving force that sends millions of poor young men from Asia and Africa away from their family and home? What is the motive to spend years in illegality, to work and live in miserable conditions, without a certain future?