Greece is stepping up safety on its porous land border with Turkey, utilized by hundreds of migrants to clandestinely enter Europe, with additional guards supported by a community of highly effective surveillance cameras, officers stated Friday.
The nation is coping with a surge of immigration by Turkey, and is now the primary level of entry to Europe.
Greek island migrant camps, which obtain most new arrivals, are dysfunctional and severely overcrowded, whereas this week particulars emerged of a plan to arrange a floating barrier to dam migrant boats within the Aegean Sea.
On the northeastern land border with Turkey, that largely follows the Evros River, military and police have launched joint patrols whereas police are hiring 400 extra border guards to deploy domestically, officers stated.
“We now have already began the joint patrols,” stated Ilias Akidis, police union head within the close by city of Orestiada. “And set up of the 11 surveillance cameras alongside the river [will soon be] carried out.”
Greece has already erected a 10-kilometre fence alongside a part of the border the place the river veers away, leaving land that migrants might simply stroll throughout.
The cameras can be erected on 50-metre excessive stands, and can every be capable to monitor a 10-kilometre stretch of the 200-kilometre border.
“The cameras will cowl what we won’t totally monitor with personnel within the area … as a result of it is a lengthy stretch of river,” Akidis stated.
Inflow of migrants
Greece has the very best variety of migrant arrivals in Europe, with about 75,000 final yr — together with some 15,000 on the Evros, in keeping with UN refugee company UNHCR. Whereas that is nonetheless removed from the almost a million arrivals of 2015, on the peak of Europe’s immigration disaster, it is up 50 per cent from 2018.
And — in contrast to in 2015 when almost all continued to Europe’s affluent heartland — most find yourself trapped in Greece following Balkan border closures. Greater than 112,000 persons are caught in Greece, in keeping with UNHCR.
Evros residents say the move is fixed.
“I consider that in 2019 there have been extra [arrivals] than in 2015,” stated Haris Theoharidis, former mayor of the village of Pythio. “There aren’t households coming throughout anymore. Now they’re all teams of 20 to 90 folks, all males aged underneath 30 … Most say they need to proceed their journey to Italy.”
These unwilling to danger detection at seaports for Italy-bound ferries pay smuggling rings to get them throughout the North Macedonian or Albanian border. On Friday, police in Thessaloniki rescued 4 Afghan males trapped in a ship’s container with tv units from China, which had been set to journey by prepare by North Macedonia to Hungary.
The boys stated they spent three days within the container, having damaged into it in Thessaloniki, the primary vacation spot for migrants getting into from Evros. They made it to the North Macedonian border however the container was despatched again to Thessaloniki by guards who seen it wasn’t correctly sealed.