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

Greece’s border forces are on alert to avoid a repeat of the mass arrivals of migrants that the country experienced in 2015, the government’s spokesman said last week, following the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan, writes George Georgiopoulos, Reuters.

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.

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

Greece is on maximum alert at the sea and land borders, Mitarachi says

“Greece is on maximum alert at the sea and land borders,” Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi said on Sunday in an interview with newspaper “Real News.”

Among other things, he said that “we do not want and will not become a gateway for undocumented migration flows in Europe.”
“From the beginning, the government focused its national strategy on reducing migration flows and mitigating the effects of the crisis are,” he underlined.

Mitarachi acknowledged that the developments in Afghanistan are a matter of concern. However, he said “we do not want and will not again become a gateway for undocumented migratory flows to the continent.”
“The only sure thing is that in the face of a possible wave of migration, Greece will not be limited to the role of observer, but will play an active actor in the European fora to deal with it effectively.”

As far as it concerns Europe, it must establish safety nets that, above all, will prevent a re-instrumentalization of human misery for geopolitical purposes.