Authorities in Greece say they expect the European Union to send 200 border guards to combat a surge in illegal immigration across the country's border with Turkey.
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Sunday the 27-nation EU would initiate an emergency response to the increase for the first time _ granting a Greek request the day it was made.
Greece is the EU's busiest transit point for illegal immigration, and is facing a surge in clandestine traffic across its 200-kilometer (125-mile) land border with Turkey.
EU spokesman Michele Cercone said Monday it was too early to say how large the force would be or when it would arrive. He said Greek authorities had left a portion of the border "not guarded" due to the scale of the problem.