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‘Floating protection systems’ against illegal immigrants

Greece has announced further measures to keep illegal immigrants away from its own coasts. The Ministry of Defense wants to make it more difficult for migrants with “floating protection systems” to get ashore.

Published: January 30, 2020, 12:18 pm

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    On Wednesday, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the ministry published a tender for the installation of appropriate countermeasures to be used in an emergency against illegal migrants heading to Greece with boats. Specifically, it is about the use of “barriers or networks” with a length of three kilometers each.

    According to the Greek authorities, these should protrude half a meter from the water and be provided with flashing lights. The total cost is therefore around half a million euros.

    There had recently been mass protests against the flood of asylum seekers in the Greek islands. According to the Ministry of Civil Protection, 7 200 asylum seekers currently live among 6 500 locals in Samos. There are currently around 42 000 immigrants on the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros.

    Last autumn , Greece tightened its asylum policy under the new conservative government. Among other things, Athens has been sending 30 rejected asylum seekers back to Turkey every day since the beginning of the year. The construction of new closed camps for migrants is also on the agenda.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      It remains to be seen how well the “floating barrier” will work, and, if it does, whether it would be practical to expand its use. The real source of Greece’s problem, however, remains the Turkish government, which could shut down the Aegean version of the “migrant express” by suppressing the organized criminal syndicates that are operating it on the Turkish coast with Turkish government cooperation. But of course, that’s unlikely. Too many of Erdogan’s political allies probably benefit from the illegal migrant business. And the EU’s mass migration agenda at any rate plays right into Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman agenda.

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