Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, while campaigning for the general elections in the country, promised to build a wall along the entire land border with Turkey. He made this promise during his visit to the Evros region located on Greece’s border with Turkey, with the Interior Minister of Greece, Takis Theodorikakos. The existing steel wall, which is 37.5 kilometers long, will be extended by an additional 35 kilometers within the next 12 months, as announced by the Prime Minister. He also mentioned that if another government comes to power, this plan may become obsolete. Mitsotakis stated that more than 100 kilometers of the wall will be built by 2026 and expressed his regret over the political forces in Greece that are opposing this project. He believes that the existing and promised walls will act as a deterrent to illegal migration, and the wall that was built last year prevented over 250,000 illegal crossings from the land border.
The land border between Turkey and Greece is 212 kilometers long. The wall project began in 2012 with the construction of a 3-meter high and 12.5-kilometer long metal wall to prevent Syrian refugees’ passage. The project continued in October 2020 with the construction of a new 5-meter high and 27-kilometer long steel wall against Afghan migrants. The current 37.5-kilometer-long wall has acoustic barriers and active border teams on the Greek side. According to Rescue, there are 119,700 refugees in Greece.