Greece blocked 40,000 migrants at Evros this yr: govt – Occasions of India

ATHENS: Greece stated Saturday some 40,000 unlawful migrants had been blocked from getting into the nation alongside the northern border with Turkey because the starting of the yr. Greece is usually the nation of selection for migrants fleeing Africa and the Center East to attempt to attain a greater life within the European Union. Many come by way of Turkey on the Evros border and in 2020 Athens bolstered border controls after massive numbers of migrants tried to cross the Evros River within the north. Athens has accused Ankara of not doing sufficient to cease smugglers from sending migrants throughout the border — usually in flimsy boats that make for harmful journeys. On Saturday, Greece’s Civil Safety Minister, Takis Theodorikakos, stated tens of 1000’s of unlawful migrants had been stopped from coming into the nation on the Evros border this yr. “Within the first 4 months of 2022, about 40,000 unlawful immigrants have tried to enter the nation illegally,” he instructed Skai TV, specifying they’d been stopped at Evros. “We successfully repel any menace to our nation, to our borders.” He additionally despatched a message to Turkey, saying it isn’t “allowed to tolerate traffickers of determined individuals, nor to foster such conditions”. The Evros River, which separates Greece and Turkey, has seen a rise in site visitors in latest weeks as a result of water ranges are low. A migration ministry supply stated migration flows to all of Greece within the first 4 months of 2022 had been practically 30 p.c greater than in the identical interval final yr. In March 2020, Greece bolstered border patrols and put in cameras, radar and a 40-kilometre (25-mile) metal fence over 5 metres (16 toes) excessive in some areas. Over 3,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Greece to this point this yr, together with over 1,100 final month, in keeping with the ministry’s knowledge.