Greece Extends Wall on Border with Turkey Amid Concerns of Afghan Migrant Crisis

Greece finished installing a 40-kilometer wall and a surveillance system along its border with Turkey amid concerns of surge of migrants from Afghanistan due to the Taliban takeover.

Greek Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis said that the wall was to prevent a migrant crisis similar to that in 2015 when over a million people from the Middle East crossed from Turkey into Europe to flee war and poverty.

“The Afghan crisis is creating new facts in the geopolitical sphere and at the same time it is creating possibilities for migrant flows,” Chrisochoidis said in a statement during a visit to the wall at the Evros region on Aug. 20, as quoted by CNN.

“Our borders will remain secure and inviolable. We will not allow uncontrolled and erratic movements and we will not allow any attempt to violate them,” Chrisochoidis further said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan raised the issue to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Aug. 20 over the phone.

“President Erdoğan said if the necessary precautions were not taken in Afghanistan and Iran, a new migration wave would be inevitable,”  Erdoğan’s office said in a statement.

Greek Mirgation Minister Notis Mitarachi confirmed on Aug. 22 that “the Greek border is closed for irregular flows from Afghanistan.”

“Our country has already made a significant contribution to tackling the crisis in the region,” Mitarachi said in a statement.

According to Mitarachi, Greece already had about 40,000 Afghan nations, 20,000 of which are asylum seekers and 20,000 are recognized refugees.

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