In Crisis, Greece Rounds Up Immigrants

Costas Kantouris, USA Today, August 22, 2012

Border police jeeps hurtle along hot, dusty tracks past potato fields on their way to the river that marks the Greek-Turkish border. Sirens blaring, the convoys have been repelling wave after wave of migrants.

Greece’s remote Evros region has turned into Europe’s main battleground against illegal immigration; more than two-thirds of people making the clandestine journey into the European Union pass through here from neighboring Turkey.

Greece launched an aggressive campaign this month to try to seal its 130-mile northeastern border, as it faces a debilitating financial crisis that has caused a swell in joblessness and a surge in racist attacks against immigrants with dark skin.

The police operation has brought nearly 2,000 additional border guards to the Turkish frontier previously manned by about 500 officers. They fanned out with dogs, night vision equipment and flat-bottomed boats for 24-hour patrols of the Evros River that forms a natural border. {snip}

In Athens, the operation is being bolstered by mass roundups of suspected illegal immigrants. They are seen lined up on the streets of the capital every day, many in handcuffs, waiting to be put in detention until they can be deported. In the first week of the crackdown in early August, police said they apprehended nearly 7,000 people for identification checks; nearly 1,700 were slated for deportation.


Uniformed police officers from 25 countries are already helping Greece guard the Evros River as part of the European Union’s border protection agency, Frontex. Greek police figures show more than 21,000 illegal migrants were arrested in the first six months of 2012 after crossing over from Turkey, with nearly all—20,841—caught along the northeastern land border rather than on one of the many Aegean islands near the Turkish coast. The figures show a nearly 29 percent increase from the same period last year.

Afghans currently make up the highest number of people crossing illegally, followed by Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, and an increasing number of people from war-ravaged Syria, according to the agency.

The police operation has faced strong criticism from human rights groups, local officials, and even police officers’ associations—with criticism focusing on alleged racial profiling and police brutality. {snip}


The government insists the operation is working, reporting a drop in illegal border crossings by around 90 percent in the first week.

“This is a massive operation that is taking place in the country for the first time and it will continue in the long-term,” police spokesman Christos Manouras said.

“It is widely accepted that the expulsion of immigrants who are here illegally is a national necessity, an issue of national survival.”


Anti-racism campaigners last month said immigrants living in Greece have been targeted in at least 300 violent attacks between early April and late July. {snip}


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  • TomIron361

    We should keep our eye on this. The Greek Golden Dawn party is behind the crackdown. Not that they’re doing it, but because of their entering Parliament, the political hacks in Greece see the writing on the wall. They know golden Dawn is rising and don’t want to be seen as easy on illegal aliens. so they’re making this showing for now. But the Golden Dawn party knows that’s all the established parties are doin , making a show. When push comes to shove, the Golden Dawn knows they’ll have to take over the government and rout out the traitors of the existing political order.

  • JackKrak

    This is what can be done in a fairly ethnically and racially homogeneous society that finally says “enough is enough”.
    The US & the UK certainly have enough people saying “enough is enough” but they both long ago passed the tipping point of allowing so many foreigners in that it becomes politically – and thus practically – nearly impossible to do anything about it.

    • ABM

      We passed that point in the US about 1990.

  • The__Bobster

    I’m guessing such actions are proving effective in Israel, too.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Look for the UN to send in African peacekeeping troops to stop the humanitarian crisis of preventing the beloved color from enriching Europe with its Diversity.

    A global emergency will be declared anytime Whites even notice that their privilege is degraded in proportion to how much color they see.

  • Bonus Gift

    I assume that is a rhetorical question; as asking the question is answering it.

  • I guess we’ll soon find out…..

  • Billy Corr

     This account of the influx of worthless and problem-causing Third Worlders – Afghans, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis – into Greece omits any mention of Greece’s immediate neighbor, duplicitous Turkey. One has cross cross Turkey to reach mainland Greece or the Greek islands close to the Anatolian coast.

    The Turks look the other way when these people are crossing Turkish territory to reach mainland Greece or the Greek islands just off the Anatolian coast. However, if they are caught committing crimes in Turkey they are banging up in prison without a second thought.

    It is interesting that few of these migrants choose to cross into Bulgaria.

    In Bulgaria, those migrants who claim asylum are either pushed back into Turkey the same day or, as a special favor, given temporary documents and subsequently housed in cheerless former border militia barracks, popped into red polyester suits, fed on a Balkan peasant diet and set to work sweeping the streets of Svilengrad and Malko Tarnovo.

  • razorrare

    My question is this…Has the Greek Government issued an apology to Olympic Triple-Jumper Voula Papachristou? Have they reprimanded those of the Greek Olymic Board for defaming her character & ruining her career?…

    I am of the opinion that the Greek citizenry were outraged by this dispicable act…especially at a time of economic upheaval in their country mostly caused by immigration,legal & illegal.After Voula’s expulsion i bet they had a big blow back by the greek citizenry,one that has been kept silent or ignored by MSM. It is because of this the Govt of Greece is forced to act.Riots obviously work…

    • Sloppo

      It would not surprise me if her star rises three times higher as a result of the actions taken against her.  I would never have heard of her if she had never made the silly joke.  Now she I and most of my friends like and sympathize with her.  I can only imagine that her fellow Greeks have similar but much stronger feelings for her.  If she happens to have any desire to be a Greek politician, I believe the wind is blowing her way now.

  •  This.  When leftists say “diversity is our strength”, they mean their strength as leftists.

    • MarcusTrajanus

      War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Diversity is Strength.

  • So the Greeks have grown some balls.  Just goes to show in bad economic times when push comes to shove altruism goes out the window and survival instincts kick in.  I expect this trend to continue elsewhere and the sycophantic leftist denouncers will be flat out ignored.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    As a taxpayer in Germany, I might have to rethink my position on bailing out Greece, if the money goes for border controls.

    • MarcusTrajanus

       What they are doing isn’t just good for Greece, it’s good for all of Europe. You know many of these “refugees” would eventually have gone to Germany, England, France, The Netherlands, etc. if they had been able to enter/remain in Greece. However, if they get bailed out and the situation improves they might again become lax about dealing with invaders.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        I was just thinking that myself.  When times are flush, people get lazy and complacent.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    “Anti-racism campaigners last month said immigrants living in Greece have been targeted in at least 300 violent attacks between early April and late July. “The targets need to be the “anti-racism” campaigners.

    • ViktorNN

      I like the way you think!

    • libertarian1234

      I’m wondering how many attacks or rapes on Greek citizens these aliens have committed.

      I’m guessing it is far more than 300.  The article refers only to an increased crime rate, I imagine an investigation into the matter would not look good for the immigrants.

      In Italy a while ago, there was so much crime on citizens from black Africans an entire town rose up and was in the process of killing them all until the government stepped in and whisked them away and, in effect, hid them.

      I’m wondering how the situation in Italy is playing out now that their economy is imploding.

      The only thing that will give the West some relief from third world hordes within their populations is financial collapse that carries on for about ten years.

      And that includes the US.

      If Germany’s high court declares the country can’t carry on with its give-away-bailouts this coming September,  many high-profile economists are saying the dominos will begin to fall and will be headed this way.

      • RisingReich

         I of course don’t know this for sure, but somehow the poor Germans will be blamed for starting this next upcoming world wide conflict for the third time in less than 100 years.  All for the same reasons, wanting to do the best thing for the German people, regardless of world opinion, refusing to go along with the global financial ‘program’ and rejecting the prevailing ‘world view’.

        I can hear it now, “Those darn GERMANS started this global depression!!!!”

        Nigel Farage has already given an excellent speech stating “when you rob a people of their identity, all you are left with is Nationalism and violence”. That’s coming again due to the Euro experiment. 

      • MarcusTrajanus

         Do you know the name of the town?

        • Sherman_McCoy

          Gotta be up North, somewhere.

          • MarcusTrajanus

            I don’t know why you’d think it would be up North. My guess was Southern Italy, and I was right. It was the town of Rosarno, appropriately located on the tip of the Italian boot.

          • Sherman_McCoy

            Thanks for that correction.  I just figured it was done by members of the Liga del Nord(sp).

        • libertarian1234

          ” Do you know the name of the town?”

          I assume your question is directed at me.

          No,  I can’t think of the name off hand, but I remember the report very clearly.

          You might Google the incident.

    • MarcusTrajanus

       How many Greeks have been targeted by immigrants?

  • KenelmDigby

    It’s just a pity that it took a financial and economic meltdown followed by a moral collapse (thanks, EU), to make the Greeks see some plain common sense.
     The old saying is that “Every cloud has a silver lining”. Now at least we will spared all the self-pitying, deceitful guff about immigrants doing ‘the jobs natives don’t want to do’.
     A further point is that Pakistanis and Bangladeshis have absolutely no business whatsoever to be in Greece – Greece has absolutely no historical, political or cultural connection whatsoever with these damnable nations. Also if you have to take immigrants, don’t, in the name of the Almighty, take these particular ethnicities – they are deeply unpleasant pernicious ethnicities.

  • Whirlwinder

    Well, Well, here is a lesson that America could learn about border policy. An ancillary lesson is how the bleeding heart libs will attack the border action by calling it racism. My, My, how ingenious. The libs are always on the wrong side of the situation.

  • MarcusTrajanus

    ‘While Greece has the right to control migration, it does not have the
    right to treat people like criminals purely because of the color of
    their skin,” Amnesty’s Jezerca Tigani said in a statement. He warned
    that many immigrants fleeing war zones and potential persecution from
    dictatorial regimes were being denied a fair asylum assessment.”‘

    They’re just fleeing their war ravaged countries, how dare Greece refuse a save haven to these poor refugees, they are sending them back to certain a certain death… wait a minute, didn’t they cross Turkey to get to Greece? Is Turkey not save? why didn’t they ask asylum there, from their fellow Muslims?

  • MarcusTrajanus

    Does anyone know what this “Jezerca Tigani” creature who is telling Greece how to conduct its affairs is? She has an odd name (to my ears), but looks like a White woman. Tigani does sound like “tsigane” (Gypsy).

  • MarcusTrajanus

     And widespread miscegenation makes the matter much worse. Now even White people are offended because you are talking about their grandson, niece, brother in law, etc. We have a Gordian knot before us, remember how a famous Greek dealt with that?