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Greek government trims plan for Turkish border fence

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Greek government trims plan for Turkish border fence


The United States’ wall along its border with Mexico has concrete and razor wire to discouraged unwanted migrants. Plans to erect such a fence along part of the Greek-Turkish frontier have not won the government in Athens the support it may have hoped for.

Talk over the weekend of a barrier stretching for more than 200 kilometers has changed now to consideration of a mere 12.5-kilometre-long structure. This would be intended to reinforce a trouble spot near the Evros river and town of Orestiada.

Christos Papoutsis, the Greek Junior Minister for Citizen Protection, said the fence would strengthen the busiest transit point for illegal immigrants entering the European Union.

Brussels has said that Greece needs to concentrate on long-term border management structural reforms, and an efficient asylum system.

Teams from the EU border control agency Frontex have been patrolling the border with Greek police since November.

Athens said an average of “200 refugees each day” crossed into Greece from Turkey in 2010 – 33,000 in six months.

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