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Πέμπτη, 3 Σεπτεμβρίου 2015

[EN] FENCES ACROSS EUROPE: MAP SHOWS DESPERATE BID BY NATIONS TO STEM FLOW OF MIGRANTS

THIS startling map shows the lengths individual European countries are going to tackle the growing problem of immigration.


Fence map
Map showing the growing number of fences European countries are building to stop migrants
Each number on the graphic represents a fence either built or being constructed in order to shore up borders.
Hundreds if miles of barriers are in the pipeline as the influx of refugees into the continent reaches uncontrollable levels.
In recent years countries such as Bulgaria and Greece have attempted to stop migrants making it into the European Union from Turkey with the aid of giant fences.
But to highlight the difficulty in tackling the problem people have instead veered towards treacherous boat crossings to escape Middle East instability and war zones, as well as poverty across many parts of Africa.
The list:
  1. Ceuta and Melilla in north Africa
  2. Greece - Turkey
  3. Bulgaria - Turkey
  4. France - Britan
  5. Hungary - Serbia
  6. Ukraine - Russia
  7. Estonia - Russia
Hungary is currently stepping up its battle to stop migrants entering from neighbouring Serbia with plans for a 100 mile steel fence between the nations. 
It claims over 150,000 refugees had arrived in the central European country this year, making their way from countries further south.
Many apply for asylum in Hungary and then leave for other Schengen countries.
Hungary's foreign minister Peter Szijjarto recently defended the structure saying: "Other countries have opted for the same solution. The EU countries seek a solution, but Hungary cannot afford to wait any longer."
In Africa, meanwhile, Morocco has built a 15-foot wall topped with razor wire on its border with Spanish enclave Melilla to halt waves off people trying to make it to Europe.
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The fence currently under construction at Hungary's border with Serbia
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Migrants straddling the giant fence in the Spanish enclave of Melilla
Last April, the Spanish government agreed to spend £1.5m to bolster security in its controlled zones of Ceuta and Melilla in the area.
An eight mile fence was built by Greece at its border with Turkey in 2012. It came at a time when it was estimated 80 per cent of all refugees come into the EU at that border by the Evros River.
In 2014, nearby Bulgaria started building a 20 mile fence along its border with Turkey.
The three metre high structure was completed that summer and cost £3.5million to construct.
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A Syrian child looks through to Bulgaria from the other side of the fence at Turkey
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Britain's attempts to build a fence to stop migrants at Calais
The Bulgarian government recently announced plans to extend it by 90 miles.
Closer to home, Britain has pumped £7million into building a fence around the Channel Tunnel to protect the UK from being overrun with migrants in Calais.   
However, many migrants have still managed to get to the UK by being smuggled in or sneaking into trucks.
A number have also even walked through the tunnel despite the heightened security.
Rather than stem immigration, Ukraine's plans for a 1,200 mile fence with Russia has come in a bid to stop aggression from Vladimir Putin in the ongoing conflict between the nations and attempts by Moscow to back and support Ukraine rebels.
Eastern bloc neighbour Estonia also wants to build a 70 mile barrier with Russia.

30/08/2015
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/601881/European-fences-Map-shows-continent-s-desperate-bid-to-stem-migrant-flow