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Greece Fortifies Evros Border to Stop New Migrant Inflow

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The Greek government is fortifying the Evros borderline with two new quick response units of 30 men each that will patrol the Greek-Turkish border along Evros River, SKAI television reported on Sunday night.
The two new units will be patrolling the Evros borderline in order to prevent individual migrants from entering Greece and dismantle migrant-trafficking rings.
The staffing of the strike teams comes from the recruitment of new border guards, who will patrol a large part of the river. The new hires will augment the guarding of the border along with a new fence across the river that is under construction.
At the same time, the strengthening of the island’s border guard will be similar, as 530 new border guards have already been recruited. Of these, 240 will be stationed on Lesvos, 100 on Kos, 98 on Chios, 40 on Leros, 30 on Samos, 20 on Symi, and 12 on Kastellorizo.
Following this, 746 new border guards are expected to be hired in the next recruiting period, of which 480 will be distributed in five Pre-Departure Detention Centers and another 266 will strengthen the guard of the islands.
The new fence will strengthen the existing one in Evros, will contribute to the defense of the country, and the overall protection of Greece’s borders. It will also function as a flood protection project. In this way, the local crops and the neighboring settlements are protected from floods that often occur in the area when Evros overflows.
Earthworks will also be carried out and new roads will be created that will serve the Greek Army and the Greek Police, while they can also be used by farmers who have crops along the river. In addition, new support embankments are being created in many parts of the new fence to enable its maintenance and surveillance.

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