Police claim immediate success in tackling illegal immigration in Evros

The police claims that its crackdown on illegal immigration is already bearing results, with the number of migrants entering Greece via the country?s Evros border with Turkey falling dramatically.

According to figures released by the police, 447 undocumented migrants were caught crossing into Greece illegally on August 2, before the Xenios Zeus operation began, but on August 8 and 9, that figure had fallen to 12 and 15 respectively.

The police presence on the border was also strengthened last week, with more than 1,800 border guards being transferred to the Evros region.

Human rights groups have called on Greece to stop the Xenios Zeus operation, arguing that its stop and search policy is discriminatory and that it will fuel further attacks on migrants.