Greece has completed the construction of a 40km border wall with Turkey as well as a surveillance system which has been implemented to prevent asylum seekers from entering Europe.
These new measures have been implemented amid the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, which has resulted in many Afghans trying to flee the country.
The current situation in Afghanistan has fuelled fears in the European Union that there will be a repeat of the 2015 refugee crisis.
During this crisis, millions of people who were fleeing war and poverty crossed to Greece from Turkey before travelling to other EU states.
As Greece was on the frontline of that crisis, they stated that they increased their border security to make sure it does not become Europe’s gateway again.
Greece’s Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis stated, “We cannot wait, passively, for the possible impact,” while adding, “Our borders will remain safe and inviolable.”
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed Afghanistan over the phone, with Erdoğan stating that Afghanistan and Iran – a key route for Afghans into Turkey – should be supported or else a new migration wave will be “inevitable”.