The new president of the French Office for Immigration, Arno Klarsfeld, said during a TV interview that the EU should show “common sense” and proceed with the construction of 130-kilometre long wall at the Greek-Turkish borders.
Klarsfeld compared the wall to the one raised between the USA and Mexico as well as to the Aurelian Walls of Rome, built from 271 to 275 AD to protect the Roman Empire from invasions, and noted that like any wall this one should also be made of barbed wire.
The EU had rejected the Greek authorities’ proposal of erecting a wall with EU money near the most problematic area, expanding some 20 kilometres near the Greek city Orestiada and the Turkish city Edirne, where the river Evros crosses the borders of the neighboring countries, as “unnecessary” and a “temporary solution” that would not contribute to effectively fighting illegal migration.
According to recent EU data, the coordination of national authorities by the European agency FRONTEX has resulted in the decrease of the numbers of migrants from 2,000 in September 2011, to 500 today.
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