On 3 January 2011, the Minister for Citizen Protection, Christos Papoutsis, announced plans to build a
12.5 km fence along its
border with Turkey, to prevent undocumented migrants entering the country. The
minister stated that some 128,000 migrants and asylum-seekers reached Greece in 2010, more than 40,000 of them
crossing the border from
at the Evros border post. Greece's land border with Turkey is more than Turkey 200 km long, running mostly
along the Evros River, and is increasingly used by Asian and African migrants
to enter the country since traditional routes across the central and western
Mediterranean have been blocked by strengthened maritime surveillance and
bilateral repatriation deals between Italy and Spain with various African
countries. But it is unlikely that a 12.5 km fence will prevent waves of immigrants
from flowing into the country.
Πέμπτη, 15 Νοεμβρίου 2012
New report of Infomobile
LOST AT BORDER reports on the reality of loss and death at the Greek borders. As a close friend of ours said once: “If you are a refugee and you die nobody asks any questions. But for living somewhere, everybody is questioning you!” We want to break the silence and ask: What happened with all these people whose traces got lost?
Accidents and death at border belong unfortunately to the daily experiences of refugees trying to reach a safe haven. The European Border Control Agency FRONTEX in co-operation with national authorities are heightening and thickening the fences and walls around us, controlling and patrolling the borders and externalizing them to European neighbour states such as Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia a.o. They have created treaties of co-operation in deportations and huge refugee detention camps at the gates of