Thousands of refugees remain in limbo at the border between Greece and Turkey, where they travelled to after being told they’d be allowed to enter Europe.

As Crystal Goomansingh explains, rejected by both countries, the refugees are being met with what aid agencies are calling violations of human rights.

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After the Greek War of Independence ended in 1829, the Greek state covered a fraction of its present territory. The first Greco-Ottoman border was the Aspropotamos–Spercheios line, followed in 1832 by the Arta–Volos line, which remained in effect until the annexation of Thessaly in 1881.

The Balkan Wars of 1912–13 led to an extension of Greece northward, but at the same time, due to the advances of Serbia and Bulgaria, Greece ceased sharing a land border with the Ottoman Empire. This changed again in 1919–20, when Greece gained Western Thrace, Eastern Thrace, and the Smyrna Zone.


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