Greece Employs Border Wall Extensions to Prevent Afghan Refugees From Entering Europe

“Our country will not be a gateway to Europe for illegal Afghan migrants,”  the Migration minister under the Greek government, Notis Mitarachi, said in a statement.

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Greece on Friday said that it has installed a 40km (25-mile) fence and surveillance system on its border with Turkey amidst the discussions around the refugee influx of Afghan migrants in European countries.

The Asian country has been completely taken over by Taliban forces with almost no struggle as US military forces withdrew haphazardly followed by which the US-backed President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

Immediately after the Taliban forces took control of Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul, hundreds of thousands of people started fleeing the country in myriad ways to escape the brutal Taliban regime.

“We cannot wait, passively, for the possible impact,” BBC quoted Greece’s Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis saying on a visit to the region of Evros on Friday.

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“Our borders will remain inviolable,” he further added.

Earlier in 2015 over a million people from the Southwest Asia escaping war many of which are backed by the US and other Western powers, and poverty had arrived in the European Union through the Greece-Turkey border.

The country has said that if Afghans fleeing from the reign of Taliban leaders who are known for their violent and repressive rule enter Greece illegally, they will be sent back without consideration.

“Our country will not be a gateway to Europe for illegal Afghan migrants,”  the Migration minister under the Greek government, Notis Mitarachi, said in a statement.

On Friday the issue of refugees from Afghanistan was raised by the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a discussion with the Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

During the discussion, the Turkish President said that given the political unfoldings in Afghanistan a new migrant wave from the country to Turkey and European countries is a possibility and further urged the European countries to come forward and work on the issue.

Also read: US Afghanistan Policy Heavily Criticised by World Leaders

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