By Karolina Tagaris
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece said on Friday that it has completed a 40 km stretch of its border with Turkey and a new surveillance system has been installed to prevent potential asylum seekers from trying to reach Europe after Afghanistan’s takeover of Afghanistan. Taliban.
Events in Afghanistan have raised fears in the European Union of a repeat of the 2015 refugee crisis, when nearly a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and elsewhere crossed from Turkey to Greece before traveling to the country. north towards richer countries.
Greece was at the forefront of this crisis and said its border forces are on the alert to ensure it does not become Europe’s gateway again.
The crisis in Afghanistan has created “possibilities for immigrant flows,” said Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis after visiting the Evros region on Friday with the defense minister and the head of the armed forces.
“We cannot passively wait for the possible impact,” Chrisochoidis told reporters. “Our borders will remain secure and inviolable.”
Chrisochoidis said the current 12.5 kilometer fence extension was completed in recent days, as well as a high-tech automated electronic monitoring system.
(By Karolina Tagaris in Athens; additional reporting by George Georgiopoulos in Athens and Ece Toksabay in Ankara)
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