Evros fence to fol­low Span­ish mod­els

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Greece is study­ing Spain’s use of bor­der fences in two of its cities on the North African coast ahead of the con­struc­tion of a sim­i­lar bar­rier to il­le­gal im­mi­grants and traf­fick­ers in the north­east­ern re­gion of Evros.

Deputy La­bor Min­is­ter Anna Dalara told Kathimerini that she has been look­ing at how Span­ish authorities use and man­age bor­der fences in Ceuta and Melilla to pre­vent il­le­gal im- mi­gra­tion from sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa. The con­struc­tion in Melilla con­sists of 11 kilo­me­ters of par­al­lel 3-me­ter high fences topped with barbed wire, with reg­u­lar watch­tow­ers and a road run­ning be­tween them to ac­com­mo­date ei­ther po­lice pa­trols or am­bu­lances. It also has noise and move­ment sen­sors and video cam­eras. The fence in Ceuta is sim­i­larly equipped.

“The con­struc­tion of the fences in Ceuta and Melilla has pro­duced re­sults,” said Dalara. “There is also a re­cep­tion cen­ter there, which helps for the proper treat­ment of mi­grants with­out pa­pers. This could serve as an ex­am­ple for our re­cep­tion cen­ters.”

The Cit­i­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­istry last week an­nounced the cre­ation of two mi­grant re­cep­tion cen­ters in Attica (Elliniko and Amyg­daleza) and three hold­ing cen­ters (Elliniko, Petrou Ralli Street and Aspropy­r­gos). An­other seven hold­ing cen­ters will be built in other parts of Greece.

Greece is plan­ning to build a 12.5-kilo­me­ter fence in Evros to de­ter il­le­gal im­mi­grants who en­ter the coun­try from Tur­key. How­ever, Dalara noted that Spain had not just re­lied on fences to tackle im­mi­gra­tion prob­lems. “The pol­icy of as­sim­i­lat­ing mi­grants in which lo­cal authorities play a big part has also helped Spain,” she said.

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