Greece beefs up measures to repel migrant surge as Turkey opens border

Greece beefs up measures to repel migrant surge as Turkey opens border
Migrants in skirmish with Greek police, Apr 2019. VOA video, YouTube

[Ed. – Greece is already overwhelmed by the thousands of migrants still milling around unprocessed at numerous points of illegal entry.  Daily Mail had a report of 18,000 migrants from Turkey massed to try and enter Greece in the last 24 hours.  This could quickly become a humanitarian crisis for the EU – and a security crisis as well.]

Greek police fired teargas to push back hundreds of migrants gathered on its border with Turkey on Saturday, as a crisis over Syria shifted onto the European Union’s doorstep.

Greece, which has tense relations with its neighbour Turkey at the best of times and was a primary gateway for hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers in 2015 and 2016, described the situation an “onslaught” and said it would keep migrants out.

“Greece yesterday faced an organised, mass and illegal attempt to violate its borders and it withstood this attempt,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas told reporters. …

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Ankara said on Thursday it will no longer contain hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers after an air strike on war-ravaged Idlib in Syria killed 33 Turkish soldiers.

Almost immediately, convoys of people appeared heading towards the Greek land and sea borders.

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