Ever since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, a migrant crisis has come up in the neighbours of Afghanistan as well as the European nations who fear that the crisis may lead up to a huge influx of migrants and asylum seekers.
In a bid to prevent such situations from coming up in future, the Government of Greece has informed the press that it has finally completed the 40-kilometre border wall with Turkey and installed new surveillance systems as well.
The crisis has again reminded the European Union of the fears of the migrant crisis of early and mid-2010 when nearly a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and beyond crossed to Greece from Turkey before travelling north to wealthier countries.
Greece was the centre of the crisis back then and was considered the gateway of Europe. The migrants from Iraq and the Levant region travelled from their home countries to Turkey and then to Greece which being in the EU is the perfect destination for refugees as it provides much more mobility to other EU nations.
Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis of Greece who visited the wall in the religion of Evros with the defence minister and the head of the armed forces told the media that the Afghanistan crisis had created “possibilities for migrant flows.”
“We cannot wait, passively, for the possible impact,” Chrisochoidis told reporters. “Our borders will remain safe and inviolable,” he added.
In the same issue the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis about Afghanistan on Friday and in a television interview the day before, he urged the European Union to assist refugees from the country. “If a transitional period cannot be established in Afghanistan, the pressure on migration, which has already reached high levels, will increase even more and this situation will pose a serious challenge for everyone,” Erdogan said.
The EU had struck a deal with Turkey in 2016 to stem the flow of migrants in exchange for financial support. Any arrivals who did not apply for asylum or had claims rejected would be sent back to Turkey.