Greece Builds Wall on Turkish Border in Preparation for Waves of Afghan Migrants
The government of Greece finished the construction of 25 miles of new border wall in the nation’s Evros region this week, with Greek government officials pointing to the potential of mass waves of attempted migration from Afghanistan to the west in the wake of the Afghan government’s surrender to the Taliban.
“We cannot wait, passively, for the possible impact,” Greece’s Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis said of the wall construction. “Our borders will remain inviolable.” Greece has closed several migrant camps known for terrorizing citizens of the nation’s Aegean islands in recent months, and the country will likely become a flashpoint for illegal immigration in the event of an Afghan “refugee” crisis.
As missions to transport Afghan migrants from the Kabul airport come to a close, it’s likely even more will try to reach Europe than America.
Some European governments have been increasingly willing to defend the borders of the Schengen area, with liberal-globalist politicians fearing a resurrection of nationalist political movements previously seen in the aftermath of the 2015 migrant crisis. French President Emmanuel Macron was quick to declare that Europe “must protect itself from a wave of migrants” in the aftermath of Afghanistan’s collapse. Border walls have proven an increasingly successful model with nations such as America and Hungary deterring illegal migration through their use.
It’s possible more people could move from Afghanistan in the coming years than those who left Syria and Iraq in the last decade, with the country having been a source of illegal immigration to the west for years.
Recep Erdogan, the Islamist president of Turkey, has staunchly denied the prospect of accepting any migrants from Afghanistan into the country, while encouraging them to enter Europe. Turkey has been caught facilitating the human smuggling of migrants to the Greek borders in recent years, with Erdogan favoring a neo-Ottoman vision of foreign policy which seeks to return much of southern Europe to Islamic influence.
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