Great barrier grief: Greece floats plan to block migrant boats

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Great barrier grief: Greece floats plan to block migrant boats

As refugee camps swell well beyond capacity, floating barriers are set to go up between the country’s islands and Turkey

Nick Squires

The Greek government plans to install floating barriers in the sea between its Aegean islands and the coast of Turkey to keep out migrants and refugees.

Greek Coast Guard vessels play a cat-and-mouse game with smugglers’ boats bringing asylum seekers from Turkey to islands such as Samos, Lesbos and Chios, with many boats and dinghies able to reach land. Nearly 60,000 reached the islands by boat in 2019, almost double the total in 2018. That has led to severe overcrowding in migrant camps on the islands.

Greece’s defence ministry has asked contractors to bid on supplying 2.7km-long floating barriers, according to AP. It was not clear when or where the booms might be deployed...

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