Greece takes action to stop illegal crossings after 91 migrants rescued at Evros border


91 migrants have been rescued by Greek authorities from a river islet at Evros, before being transferred to a processing centre near the border with Turkey, police said on Sunday.

According to amna, the police reported that the group consisted of 32 men, 25 women and 34 children, while many migrants mentioned they were from Syria. The Red Cross was present at the operation.

The migrants were present on the islet on Evros river since Friday and their presence was made known to Greek authorities by emails from non-governmental organisations.

Part of the islet is on Greek territory and part is Turkish. According to a statement from the caretaker Prime Minister’s office, the migrants had moved to the Greek side early on Sunday and their rescue was possible.

Ioannis Sarmas. Photo:

Caretake PM Ioannis Sarmas said that the Greek authorities are taking the necessary actions in order to prevent any illegal entrance of foreign nationals to Greece.

“The Greek government has contacted the Turkish government for the coordination of the border authorities and the prevention of illegal crossings,” Sarmas said in the statement.





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