Greece tightens border controls in response to refugee influx

Greece tightens border controls in response to refugee influx
Xinhua News Agency, Athens, March 1st (Reporter Yu Shuaishuai) The Greek government decided on the evening of March 1st to raise the level of border defense to the highest level to 杭州夜网 cope with the influx of refugees and illegal immigrants from Turkey into Greece.Greek Prime Minister Mizotakis said on social media after the end of the national security-related meeting that the meeting decided to maximize the level of border defense, and at the same time, within one month from now, no more asylum applications submitted by illegal immigrants will be accepted.Illegal immigrants will be repatriated immediately to their country of origin.Greek government spokesman Stelios Pachas said after the 杭州夜网论坛 meeting that Greece has formally asked the EU Border and Coast Guard to increase its presence in the region, and called on the EU to fully support Greece through specific measures.He criticized Turkey for “guiding and encouraging” an increasing number of refugees and illegal immigrants to Greece over the past few days, arguing that it violated the 2016 agreement on mutual intervention between the EU and Turkey.In 2016, the European Union and Turkey reached an agreement to resolve the refugee wave. The European Union promised to provide Turkey with 60 billion euros in exchange for the restriction of illegal immigrants from entering Turkey to Europe.Turkey has repeatedly refused, and only half of the money was received.At this stage, there are approximately 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.The Greek government announced on February 28 the temporary closure of the Greek-Turkish land border.At the Kastani entry point on the border with Turkey in northeast Greece, Greek police used tear gas to prevent large numbers of refugees and illegal immigrants from crossing the border.