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Greece Says Border Forces on Alert to Avoid Repeat of 2015 Migrant Crisis

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Abandoned speedboats, used by refugees and migrants since 2015 to cross part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, are seen at a garbage dump site near the town of Mithymna (also known as Molyvos) on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Oct. 5, 2016. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

ATHENS—Greece’s border forces are on alert to avoid a repeat of the mass arrivals of migrants that the country experienced in 2015, the government’s spokesman said on Thursday, following the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan.

Greece was on the frontline of Europe’s migration crisis in 2015, when nearly one million people fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan landed on its islands.

Like other European Union member states, Greece is nervous that developments in Afghanistan could trigger a replay of that crisis and has sought a common EU stance on the issue.

“All forces are on alert at the borders, we will not allow a reliving of the scenes of 2015,” government spokesman Yannis Economou told a news conference.

Greece’s foreign ministry is coordinating actions to bring back eight Afghan nationals who worked with its forces there, it added.

“We will not stop until we bring them back to our country,” Economou said.

By George Georgiopoulos

Reuters

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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