Greece is increasing border guards along its border with Turkey in anticipation of an increase in illegal immigration caused by chaos in Afghanistan, officials said on Monday.
Over the next few months, some 250 officers will join the 1,500-strong border force and 800 additional border guards will also be hired to staff airports and areas near the Greek-Turkish border.
Greece has toughened its migration policy and border policing over the past two years, extending a wall along its land border with Turkey and installing a high-tech surveillance network in an attempt to deter asylum seekers. asylum to cross the border.
The recent increase in troops has been spurred in part by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, authorities said.
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Greece has also denied growing claims by human rights groups that migrants captured after crossing Greece are being deported without being allowed to seek asylum.
In recent months, Poland and Lithuania have struggled to cope with a wave of migration, mainly from Iraq and Afghanistan, arriving at their borders with Belarus. They accuse the Belarusian government of encouraging the flow of migrants to put pressure on the entire EU.
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Greece, Poland and Lithuania were among 12 countries that sent a letter to the European Commission last week calling for more extensive European measures against illegal immigration.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.