Kyriakos Mitsotakis declares crackdown against migrant traffickers

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Mitsotakis, in a news conference Sunday following his Saturday keynote speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair and that that he does not anticipate a new wave of refugees from Afghanistan

"We aim to stop any wave long before it reaches our borders. In that, our interests and Turkey's are aligned," he said.

Mitsotakis said Greece had ratified an active border protection strategy, and migrant flows have "decreased tremendously" in 2021 compared with last year while becoming more efficient in salvaging migrants adrift at sea.

Greece has denied allegations by Turkey and NGO's that it is pushing migrants back, putting lives in danger, especially those crossing by sea from the Turkish coast.