A new border fence between Greece and Turkey will be erected by April next year to discourage migrants, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s office said on Saturday, as AFP and dpa reported.
Mitsotakis, who visited the Evros region of northeastern Greece to inspect the status of the project, said the fence would be built in the Ferres area along the Evros River.
“The prime minister has promised to visit the region again by April, when the project is due to be completed,” government sources in Athens said.
Greek authorities are recruiting another 400 border guards to be deployed in the Evros region and are considering consolidating an existing 11-kilometer-long border barrier in the Kastanies-Kapikule crossing.
The construction of a 26-kilometer fence in the Evros region was announced after migrants attempts to enter were encouraged by Turkey in February and March this year.
Greece has managed to stop most illegal migrant crossings, while the European Union has sent an additional number of representatives of the European Borders and Coast Guard to the area.