Greece’s government has not given up on its plans to erect a fence along the country’s border with Turkey in order to counter the influx of illegal immigrants, Christos Papoutsis, the Greek Minister for Citizen Protection said.
The respective procedures for the realization of the project will soon be launched, Papoutsis announced.
“We have studied the experience of other European countries such as Spain and Lithuania, and we are not starting with the construction of the fence,” the minister declared. In his words, the Greek government also intends to place thermal vision cameras, additional vehicles, and other equipment along its border with Turkey.
Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from the Middle East see Greece as their destination or point of entry into the EU. Only last year, their number was 128,000.