Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis announced that 100 new border guards will be recruited and stationed in Kavala.
The move, he said, is part of the effort “to shield the region from illegal migration and crime.”
The announcement was made during his visit to the northern Greek town over the weekend.
“Our priority is to zero inflows. We have already made a very big operational effort in Evros. At the moment, a project is being carried out that aims to electronically shield our border surveillance with radar, cameras and all the necessary means, so that there is a very clear picture at the border. We have hired 400 border guards in Evros, who will be on duty in a few days, after completing their training. We are building the fence in Evros, a one-of-a-kind project that will further shield our country."
In March this year, Turkey attempted to asymmetrically invade Greece with the use of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Turkey had not only falsely told the illegal immigrants that Greece’s borders were open, but it also facilitated the transportation of the illegal immigrants and utilized their army to try and tear down Greece’s border wall. This damage is currently being repaired.
From February 28 to August 3 this year, over 60,000 illegal immigrants were prevented from entering Greece from the Evros area on the Greek-Turkish border region.
According to SKAI, many of the illegal immigrants arrested by authorities were seeking political asylum in Greece, claiming they were government officials in Turkey and opponents of the Erdoğan government.
The fortification of Evros includes:
- Three large loudspeakers which will transmit warning messages in various languages and unbearable sounds at a high frequency
- Four drones for aerial surveillance
- Fifteen thermal cameras to detect migratory flows at night
- Ten armored patrol jeeps
- Five inflatable boats