Greece says border forces on alert to avoid repeat of 2015 migrant crisis

Greece says border forces on alert to avoid repeat of 2015 migrant crisis
Date: Monday, 23 August 2021 04:00

Abandoned speedboats, used by refugees and migrants since 2015 to cross part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, are seen at a garbage dump site near the town of Mithymna (also known as Molyvos) on the island of Lesbos, Greece. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Greece was on the frontline of Europe’s migration crisis in 2015, when nearly one million people fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan landed on its islands.

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Like other European Union member states, Greece is nervous that developments in Afghanistan could trigger a replay of that crisis and has sought a common EU stance on the issue. read more

"All forces are on alert at the borders, we will not allow a reliving of the scenes of 2015," government spokesman Yannis Economou told a news conference.

Greece’s foreign ministry is coordinating actions to bring back eight Afghan nationals who worked with its forces there, it added.

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"We will not stop until we bring them back to our country," Economou said.

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