Frontex expects new migrant wave toward EU, after Turkey eases virus restrictions

Frontex expects a fresh wave of migrants seeking to cross the Turkish border into the European Union via Greece after Ankara lifts restrictions imposed to stop the spread of coronavirus, Greek media reported.

They cite an internal report of the bloc’s border agency, seen by German newspaper Die Welt, according to which the easing of restrictions in the provinces of Canakkale, Istanbul and Izmir is expected to trigger large movements of migrants toward the Evros border. The move could trigger a repeat of the migrant standoff that took place in late February and early March when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened the doors for migrants to travel to the EU.

Die Welt quoted the Frontex report as saying that an additional 262 police officers from around Greece have been sent to the Evros region to beef up security at the border.

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