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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 …

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Greece extends fence along Evros river, border with Turkey

Greece is extending the fence barrier along the entire length of the Evros river, the natural border with Turkey. Greek Citizen Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos and Deputy Minister Eleftherios Economou signed the relevant protocol for the extension. In a statement, the ministry said that “rapid developments relating to the ‘instrumentalization’ …

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Another 250 officers to join border force in Evros

Greece will increase the number of border guards on the country’s northern border with Turkey amid a rise in undocumented migrants caught crossing the frontier, Citizen Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos has said. An additional 250 officers will join the 1,500-strong border force once they have completed training in the next …

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Greece’s National Security Council decides to expand Evros fence

Greece’s top Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) decided on Tuesday evening to expand the fence along the Evros river, the natural border with Turkey, and to enhance patrols with all available means. Chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the meeting focused on the pressure Greece faces at its …

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Greece to extend fence at Evros River about 80 km

The fence in Evros River will extend about 80 km, Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis announced on Friday. “Humanitarianism is very important but the people that wish to come to EU due to the inequalities that exist in the world are thousands of millions. We do not speak of …

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Greece accuses Turkey of pushing migrants into Greek territory

Greece has accused Turkey of pushing migrants into Greek territory. The accusations were made by Migrations & Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis who visited the area of Evros river, a day after  police evacuated 38 migrants who were stranded on an islet in the natural border between the two countries. Wednesday …

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39 Syrian refugees finally evacuated from Evros river

After several days and following pressure and general outcry, Greek authorities announced that they had found the stranded refugees in Evros river.  In the previous days Greek Police had announced that they could could not locate the refugees, denying at the same time that they were on Greek territory. “After …

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40 refugees stranded on Evros islet; child dies after scorpion stung; calls on their rescue

A group of some 40 migrants have been stranded on an islet in Evros River since the beginning of August. Among them a 5-year-old girl from Syria that was stung by a scorpion and died. However, the girl’s body remains unburied. Greek authorities call on Turkey to take care of …

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Greek NGOs appeal to Supreme Court for rescue of 50 migrants stranded at Evros islet

Two Greek NGOs tabled a complaint on Tuesday with the Supreme Court of Greece calling for the rescue of 50 Syrian migrants, including 3 pregnant women and 12 children, from an islet on the Evros River, in Greece’s borders with Turkey. The Greek Council for Refugees and HumanRights360 said the …

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Thousands of hectares burned in Dadia Natural Park, on Lesvos

Over 2,528 hectares have been burnt in the Dadia National Park in North-Eastern Greece following a fire raging since July 21, according to maps of Greece’s National Observatory of Forest Fires (NOFFi) released on Monday. NOFFi, which provides a semi-automatic burned area mapping service (NOFFi-OBAM), also said that over 1,709 …

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Fires are raging in Vatera, Lesvos, and Dadia Natural Forest in NE Greece

Several major fires are burning across Greece on Sunday burning down thousands of acres of forest and low vegetation land, forcing residents and tourists to evacuations. Some of the 53 wildfires that started on Friday and Saturday still raging at Sunday noon. The most extensive, and dangerous, fire is the …

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Greece denies involvement in alleged migrant shooting at Evros border with Turkey

Greece’s Minister for Citizen Protection denied any involvement in an alleged incident where an Afghan national was killed inside Turkish territory by shots fired from within Greece in the area of the Evros river, the natural border between the two countries. Turkish media claimed on Monday, the incident took place …

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Evros: 5 human traffickers arrested, 20 migrants prevented from entering Greece

Five human traffickers were arrested over the last two days and at least 20 migrants were prevented from entering the country at the Greek-Turkish border region of Evros, the Alexandroupolis and Orestiada police directorates in northern Greece said on Wednesday. The arrests were carried out in two separate instances, with …

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Greece to extend border wall to stop migrants, wants EU help

The government says it will renew a request for European Union funds in 2022 to extend a border wall along the country’s frontier with Turkey and promised to expand a powerful surveillance network aimed at stopping migrants entering the country illegally. A public order minister, Takis Theodorikakos, told a parliamentary …

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