The Greek government announced its plans to build a wall along its northeast border with Turkey, over concerns that migrants may try to stage mass crossings into the EU mainland.
The Greek government announced its plans to build a wall along its northeast border with Turkey along the Evros River over concerns that migrants may try to stage mass crossings into the EU mainland.
Greek Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and Government Spokesman Stelios Petsas said during a press conference that 26 kilometers would be added to an existing 10-kilometer section of border fencing in a 63-million-euro ($74 million) project due to be completed by the end of April 2021.
The extensions would be added to the existing 5 meter-high fencing and will include upgrades to the existing sections of the wall by using galvanized square steel tubes and concrete foundations.
Greece’s Public Order Ministry chose four Greek construction companies to build the project.
Aside from the border fence, Greek Police have already started trials with high-powered mobile sirens and cameras to deter migrants.
“The cameras will be a vital resource for us. We have been asking for them for five years and we think they will be very effective,” said Ilias Akidis, head of the police officers’ association in the Greek border region.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has already visited the border area last Saturday after a test installation of a section of the new wall.