“We cannot passively wait for the potential impact,” said the Greek Citizens Protection Minister, Michalis Chrysoides, on a visit to the Evros region on Friday (20/8).
“Our borders will remain intact,” he said.
The Greek minister’s statements come at a time when Turkey called on European countries to take responsibility for the Afghan migrants in their face The crisis faced after the Taliban took control of the country.
Excerpts from a fence built in the Evros region on the Greek-Turkish border – Photo: Reuters/BBC
In a telephone conversation with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan He said the sharp increase in the number of people leaving Afghanistan could pose a “serious challenge for everyone”.
“A new wave of migration is inevitable if the necessary steps are not taken in Afghanistan and Iran,” Erdogan said.
a The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan It made some citizens fear for their lives and made them try to flee the country, often at any cost.
Greece, which was at the forefront of the migration crisis in 2015, when more than a million people fled war and poverty in Middle east Crossed the Turkish border to European UnionHe said he could send back any Afghan who arrived illegally in the country.
Of those who arrived in Greece during the migration crisis, many traveled north via Europe, but about 60,000 remain in the country.
Last year, Athens temporarily blocked new asylum applications after Erdogan said Turkey “opened the doors” for migrants to travel to the European Union.
Mitsotakis said at the time that Greece had raised “the level of deterrence on our borders to the maximum” with security personnel deployed at Evros’ land borders.
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