Greece to build wall on Turkish border to stave off migrant invasion

Greece to build wall on Turkish border to stave off migrant invasion

Greek authorities said on Monday they have finalized plans to build a 26-kilometer (16 miles) wall along Greece-Turkey border, to prevent illegal migrants from swarming into the country.

The new wall will be added to an existing 10-kilometer section of fence, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said, adding that the project is due to be completed by the end of April. The five-meter (15-foot) barrier would cost €63 million ($74 million).

The wall will be made of galvanized square steel tubes and concrete foundations, Greece’s public order ministry has said. In addition, a surveillance camera network is planned for covering the entire 192-km Greek-Turkish border, police officials said, and trials with high-powered mobile sirens have started.

The construction of the wall “was the least the government could do to provide a sense of security to Greek citizens,” PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday.

In February and March, Greek authorities accused Ankara of sending some 10,000 refugees and migrants by bus to the border, and urging them to cross. The migrants were forced back by Greek riot police and army units.

Turkey hosts nearly 4 million refugees, mostly from Syria. The EU and Ankara agreed on a deal in March 2016 to help Turkey finance housing and medical centers for the refugees. Ankara has since accused the bloc of not delivering on its commitments under the deal, including visa-free travel for Turkish citizens and an enhanced customs union.

Under the deal, the EU had pledged €6 billion ($6.5 billion) in aid for the refugees, and the full sum is expected to be paid by 2025. According to EU figures, around €3.4 billion ($3.8 billion) of all operational funds have already been sent to organizations contracted for projects under the deal.

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