The European Union has assigned 175 special officials to the Greek-Turkish land border for two months, under Greek authority, to help intercept illegal immigrants.
The EU border agency Frontex said this is the first deployment of the EU’s RABIT force since it was created three years ago. RABIT is shorthand for Rapid Border Intervention Teams.
They include experts in false documents and stolen vehicles, as well as dog handlers, specialist interviewers and interpreters.
Nearly nine out of 10 illegal immigrants into the EU have taken to using Greece as their entry point. Arrivals by land, mostly from Turkey, have increased by more than a third in the space of a year.