Greece to extend the wall along border with Turkey

Greece government has finalised plans to extend a wall along its northeast border with Turkey, over concerns that migrants may try to stage mass crossings into the country, news wires reported. According to government spokesman Stelios Petsas, 26 km of wall would be added to an existing 10 km section in a 63-million-euro project due to be completed by April-end.

Four Greek construction companies have been selected to build the new wall and upgrade the existing section of fencing, running along or close to the Evros River, which forms much of the border between the two countries. The wall will be made using galvanised square steel tubes and concrete foundations, according to Greece's public order ministry. PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the border region on Saturday after a test installation of a section of the new wall.

The number of migrants and refugees travelling from Turkey to Greece fell sharply this year during the pandemic and after the border standoff prompted tougher border policing. Turkey has accused Greece of illegally pushing back migrants reaching its islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, a charge that Athens denies.

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