The Greek government is making arrangements to construct a “floating barrier” off the coast of one of its Aegean islands to obstruct the unending stream of migrant invaders who continue to flow into the country.
Greece’s Defence Ministry unveiled the plans for the barrier last week, calling for the installation of an illuminated net which rises 50 centimeters above the surface water near the coastline of Lesbos. The ministry has invited private contractors to bid for the contract which is estimated to cost around 500,000 euros, stipulating that the project must be finished within three months, The Associated Press reports.
Despite the 2016 EU-Turkey migration agreement which saw the EU give billions of euros to the Ankara to curtail the mass flow of migration into Europe, the Turkish government has done little to hold up its end of the deal.
According to the U.N. refugee agency, 73,000 migrant invaders entered Greece in 2019, nearly double the number recorded in the previous year. In the first month of this year, more than 3,000 additional migrants have made their way to Greece.
The unrelenting flow migrants into Greece has caused constant chaos on the islands of Lesbos, Samos and Chios, where camps are currently hosting more migrants than they were ever designed to hold.
The largest camp of Moria on Lesbos, a camp that was originally built to hold 2,840 people, now hosts over 19,000 migrants.
Late last month, thousands of Greeks living on Lesbos, Samos, and Chios took to the streets to express their discontent, demanding that the invaders be removed from the overcrowded and increasingly violent camps. Protestors shut down public services and shut down shops as they gathered in the city centers, shouting: “We want our islands back, we want our lives back!”