Greece sealing its borders; dramatic decrease in ‘asylum seekers’ results
Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 2, 2013
Operation Xenious Zeus began in August and shows it can be done!
Greece, the European country whose name we invoke when we worry about financial chaos coming to America has one up on us with its newest strategy to seriously close the border. Most Greeks blame the flow of illegal impoverished migrants into Greece in the last ten years as the source of much of its financial ruin.
But, check this out! Some sections of the Greek border are now sealed!
From EU Observer:
Orestiadas, Greece – A chief of police in a border town in northeastern Greece says irregular migrants are no longer crossing into the country from its land border with Turkey.
Barbed-wire fences, landmines, thermal night vision cameras and regular patrols are among the tools used to stop a phenomenon the Greek state considers a national security threat.
Some 55,000 people were detected attempting to wade across the Evros River into Greece from Turkey in the region in 2011.
The figures have now dropped to near zero, says Pashalis Syritoudis, director of police in the run-down Greek border village of Orestiadas.
“In July 2012 we had 6,500 illegal migrants who passed the border. In August, we had only 1,800. In September, only 71 illegal immigrants, in October only 26 and now there are none,” he told EUobserver on 22 November.
He says the trend stopped since Greece launched Operation Xenious Zeus in early August.
Migrants are now targeting the more treacherous sea crossings near Lesvos, Sumos, Symi and the Farmkonis islands instead.
“We have given a very clear message to the facilitators [migrant smugglers] and their source countries in North Africa and other countries that Evros is no longer an easy passage to enter Europe,” Syritoudis noted.
There is more, read it all.
We have reported on struggling Greece, here, many times over the last few years.
Here is an idea!
Remember those Libyans who came to Texas recently to see how we seal our borders? They should be going to Orestiadas, Greece to see how successful professionals get it done!
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