ATHENS, Greece The federal government in Greece desires to use a floating barrier to assist stop migrants from reaching the Greek islands from the close by coast of Turkey.
The Defence Ministry has invited personal contractors to bid on supplying a 2.7-kilometre-long floating fence inside three months, in accordance to info out there on a authorities procurement web site Wednesday. No particulars got on when the barrier is perhaps put in.
A resurgence in the variety of migrants and refugees arriving by sea to Lesbos and different japanese Greek islands has brought on extreme overcrowding at refugee camps.
The netted barrier would rise 50 centimetres above water and be designed to maintain flashing lights, the submission mentioned. The Defence Ministry estimates the challenge will value 500,000 euros, which incorporates 4 years of upkeep.
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The federal government’s description says the “floating barrier system” wants to be constructed “with non-military specifications” and “specific features for carrying out the mission of (maritime agencies) in managing the refugee crisis.”
“This contract process will be executed by the Defence Ministry but is for civilian use a process similar to that used for the supply of other equipment for (camps) housing refugees and migrants,” a authorities official informed The Related Press.
The official requested not to be recognized pending official bulletins by the federal government.
Greece’s six-month outdated centre-right authorities has promised to take a harder line on the migration disaster and plans to arrange detention services for migrants denied asylum and to velocity up deportations again to Turkey.
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Beneath a 2016 migration settlement between the European Union and Turkey, the Turkish authorities was promised up to 6 billion euros to assist stop the mass motion of migrants to Europe.
Practically 60,000 migrants and refugees made the crossing to the islands final 12 months, practically double the quantity recorded in 2018, in accordance to knowledge from the United Nations’ refugee company.
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