Greece announces plans to build wall along Turkish border

January 2, 2011 09:50

Greece announced that it plans to build a wall along its border with Turkey to keep out illegal migrants, according to news reports Saturday

Citizen Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis said "Greek society has reached its limits in taking in illegal immigrants," Papoutsis was quoted by Athens News Agency as saying. "Greece can't take it anymore." Greece shares a 206-km border with Turkey which serves as a common entry point for illegal immigrants coming to the European Union from Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia.

The Greek minister said the border barrier would be similar to the one built by the US along its border with Mexico.

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