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Greece erects steel wall at Turkey border to deter Afghan refugees

Christian Fernsby |
Greece has erected a 25-mile fence and installed a new surveillance system on its border with Turkey amid in anticipation of a surge in Afghan refugees trying to reach Europe.

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The Afghanistan crisis had created "possibilities for migrant flows", Citizens' Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis said after visiting the region of Evros on Friday with the defence minister and the head of the armed forces.

"We cannot wait, passively, for the possible impact," Chrisochoidis told reporters. "Our borders will remain safe and inviolable."

Chrisochoidis said the extension to the existing 12.5-kilometre fence had been completed in recent days, as well as a hi-tech, automated electronic monitoring system.

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