Greece has prevented 150,000 migrants from entering the country since the start of the year, the migration minister announced yesterday.
Notis Mitarachi said Eleftheros typos newspaper that the Greeks forced “has prevented 154,102 irregular immigrants from entering since the beginning of the year. While 50,000 immigrants have tried to enter Greece in August alone”.
Border control is seen as a top priority for Greece’s conservative government, which took power in 2019 and is seeking re-election next year.
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Last month, the government announced a plan to extend the 40-kilometre wall along the Greek-Turkish border by 80 kilometers as part of its efforts to control the flow of migrants.
Thermal cameras will be installed on the wall with the deployment of 250 additional border guards.
Greece has been repeatedly criticized for pushing back refugee boats and endangering the lives of migrants.
Mitarachi denied Athens’ involvement in the illegal deportation of migrants and accused Turkiye of forcing them across the border.