ATHENS – New migration crisis at the land border?

Greek media reported last night that approximately 6,000 migrants have gradually gathered at the Greek-Turkish border of Evros raising concerns in Athens that Ankara intends to repeat the events in late February, when it allowed thousands of migrants enter EU territory.

Local sources said buses are carrying migrants to the land border with Greece. More than 1,500 Greek police and border guards are currently there, as well as about 300 FRONTEX officials.

Greek media also quoted Entirne TV, a Turkish local channel, reporting that in Edirne (Adrianople), “the journey of hope for Europe has resumed with migrants trying to cross the border with Greece by boat through the river of Evros”.

Several days ago, the EU urged Turkey to stop provocations in the wider region but said it was still “premature” to discuss sanctions against Ankara.

The Commission also admitted this week that Turkey will receive pre-accession funds from the new EU budget.

(Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

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