Gov’t reiterates plans to extend border fence with Türkiye
The government has reiterated plans to extend a cement and barbed-wire fence along the country’s northern border with Türkiye to prevent migrants from entering.
The fence, initially installed in 2012, was last extended in 2021, a year after tens of thousands of asylum seekers tried to cross into Greece’s northern border, when Türkiye said it would no longer prevent them from doing so.
According to police data, in the first seven months of the year, authorities arrested 7,484 refugees and migrants, of which 3,554 were in Evros.
Theorodikakos said the project aims to send a clear message of Greece’s determination “against those who invest in human suffering to serve concealed interests” and “against those who weaponise migration in an attempt to blackmail Europe”.
The conservative government also plans to hire 250 border guards and upgrade its surveillance systems in the area.