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Another 400 patrol officers at Evros border with Turkey

Another 400 border patrol officers will be hired in 2023 to better protect Greece’s borders, Citizen Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos announced on Friday.

The minister was speaking after a meeting of his at the Ropodi region’s police headquarters on matters of security and migration.

Some 250 of these border patrol officers will assume their duties in the month of February and the other 150 will do so in coming months, he added.

Greece “is not prepared to accept even one irregular migrant,” he stressed, and he also called on Turkey to “stop exploiting migrants and to respect the Greek borders, which are also the borders of Europe.”

Some 1,800 border patrol officers are now on active duty in the Evros region, Theodorikakos said, adding that in the year 2022 alone they prevented the illegal entry to Greece of some 260,000 people.

The minister said further that Greek police have arrested more than 1400 human traffickers in the recent past.

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