Extra guards to be placed at Greece-Turkey border

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Citizen Protection Minister, Takis Theodorikakos announced that Greece will expand the number of border guards on its northern border with Turkey due to an increase in unauthorised migrants being apprehended trying to pass.

250 more policemen will join the 1,500-member border force once their training is finished in the coming three months.

The expansion plans include extending the current fence along the Turkish border by 40 kilometres to prevent further illegal migration. 

“The fence has proved to be effective in curbing illegal migration,” the minister said. 

Mr Theodorikakos added that an average of 1500 people try to sneak into Greece on a daily basis, with over 1200 arrests being made of suspected traffickers in just the last nine months.

Source: Ekathimerini

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