Athens: According to the ministry of migration, Greece has stopped more than 150,000 unauthorised immigrants at its land and marine borders so far this year.
“Since the beginning of the year, 154,102 irregular migrant entries have been stopped. In August alone, over 50,000 attempted to infiltrate Greece “Notis Mitarachi regularly informed Eleftheros Typos.
The conservative Greek government, which took office in 2019 and will run for reelection in 2020, places a high focus on border control.
In an effort to stem the influx of migrants, the government revealed plans to build an additional 80 kilometres (40 miles) of a wall along the Greek-Turkish border at Evros.
It will also deploy 250 more border guards and install infrared cameras.
People leaving the Middle East and Africa in search of a better life in the European Union frequently choose Greece as their destination.
The Evros River and the treacherous and narrow Aegean Sea passage that separates the longtime foes are travelled by many via Turkey.
Charity organisations have charged Athens with forcibly forcing migrants to cross the border into Turkey or turning them away unlawfully; this accusation has been refuted repeatedly by Greece’s conservative government.
On Sunday, Mitarachi said Turkey was engaging in “aggressive push advances” while Athens was engaged in “illegal pushbacks.”
Last month, Athens claimed that Turkey had forcibly pushed a group of migrants onto a tiny Greek islet in a river.
At the time, after the Greek authorities for days denied that the migrants were on Greek soil, rights organisations said that a five-year-old kid in the group had passed away.
Mitarachi has questioned the event. He reiterated on Sunday that the family in issue had admitted to having four children, and that Greek police had managed to save every one of them.
Simply put, we saved four of the four kids that the family brought forward, he added.
The minister said that there were several discrepancies between what the family initially claimed, what they afterwards claimed, and what had previously been confirmed.