Greece’s current Migration Minister; Dimitris Mouzalas admitted that jihadists were able to pass through the Greek border along with the thousands of refugees arriving in the country daily. The migrants and refugees are arriving on the Greek islands close to the Turkish coast in an attempt to travel to northern Europe and escape their conflict-hit countries.
“It would be foolish to say that no jihadists have entered the Greek border,” said Mouzalas in response to a question about the migrants and refugees entering Greek territory through the Aegean border.
“I think that the European countries’ secret services can confirm that a small number is likely to have gained access to Europe,” he added. However, he stressed that ISIS members around the world do not need to gain access to Europe. “They appear to have many European supporters, they are actually trying to achieve the opposite.”
According to Mouzalas, 60% of refugees and migrants that have crossed the Greek border are Syrian nationals coming from the middle class. They leave their countries in fear of the jihadist regime. Another 20% are Afghan nationals, half of whom are refugees, while the other half are migrants and 15% – 20% of them are entering the country illegally, without any official documents.