Immigration: Greece, Evros fence ready by mid-December

Interceptions of illegals on Aegean islands up tenfold

03 December, 12:09

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, DECEMBER 3 - A barbed-wire fence running along a 12.5-kilometer stretch of land border between Greece and Turkey is expected to be finished and operational by mid-December and to decisively curb illegal immigration, sources at the Public Order Ministry have told Kathimerini. The fence, which has been under construction since the summer, has already had a huge impact on the influx via the land border with illegal arrivals down by 95%, according to border guards. The police force at the border, currently 1,900-strong, is to be whittled down to half its size, sources said. However, the sharp drop in undocumented immigrants entering Greece through Evros has been accompanied by a renewal in the illegal influx via the islands of the Aegean. From the beginning of the year until the end of July, police and coast guard officers on the Aegean islands detained 102 undocumented migrants while more than 10 times that number – 1,536 – were intercepted over the following three months. (ANSAmed).

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