Justin Bullock, FISM News
Greece has finished construction of a wall and taken other security measures along its border with Turkey in order to prevent the anticipated surge of Afghan migrants and refugees from entering Greece and the rest of Europe. European Union countries are concerned that the events in Afghanistan will result in a similar situation to the 2015 refugee crisis in and throughout Europe. During that time Greece functioned as the gateway to Europe for the flood of refuges and so it is taking preventative steps from letting that happen again.
The wall is also expected to heighten tensions between historic rivals Greece and Turkey even though the countries are both NATO allies. The tensions revolve around a loose but tenuous border dispute between the two countries that has lasted for hundreds of years. In addition, Turkey’s leader, Tayyip Erdogan, has warned that some level of refugee migration is inevitable and that Turkey’s allies should assist them in dealing with the migration.