EU To Check Greece-Albania Border

People queue in order to board a ferry at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Thousands of migrants and refugees were allowed to board vessels in Mytilene on Friday, as Greek ferries ended a strike that had left them trapped on eastern Aegean islands. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

The European Union border protection agency Frontex says it will deploy forces along Greece’s border with neighboring Albania.

Frontex head Fabrice Leggeri on Nov. 6 told Albanian television station Top Channel the agency wants to prevent migrants from attempting to reach Western Europe by traveling through Albania.

That route isn’t used at the moment by the large number of people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Tirana says, however, it has made preparations to shelter refugees should they begin arriving during the winter.

Leggeri said there was no plan for a camp in Albania as “that could be a burden on the countries in the region and it is not in line with the union’s decisions for the distribution of the emigrants from Greece to the other EU countries.”