More Than 61,100 Refugees and Migrants Trapped in Greece

Aegean island of Lesvos

There are more than 61,100 migrants and refugees trapped in Greece, according to the latest tally and on Sunday morning another 54 arrivals lifted the total number to 61,177 people. 15,864 of these refugees are currently being hosted on the Aegean islands with their number double the official capacity. The situation continues to be asphyxiating and causes daily problems.

There were violent incidents between refugees at Souda Camp on the island of Chios, following a feud between Afghans and Iraqi refugees of Kurdish descent on Saturday night. The riot squad intervened to bring back order to the region. Three migrants were rushed to hospital with injuries inflicted by a sharp instrument. One person was detained by police.

Tension was also noted on Lesbos on Saturday night with refugees protesting delays in the asylum process.

According to German Magazine – Spiegel – a confidential document of the European Council reveals that EU member states refuse to send specialized staff to help Greece handle the numerous refugees hosted in the country. The document describes the situation in the hotspots of Greece as unstable and could “create problems to the national staff, the EU services and the NGOs.” The Spiegel report states that even though the EU wants migrants whose asylum applications are rejected to be returned to Turkey the procedures are being stalled as a result over the overwhelming number of people.

Three injured in fighting among Afghans, Iraqis at Chios migrant camp

Three migrants were rushed to hospital with injuries inflicting by a sharp instrument, following fighting between groups of Afghans and Iraqi Kurds at the Souda migrant and refugee camp on the island of Chios on Saturday night. The fighting ended after MAT riot police intervened, while sources said that one person was detained.

Meanwhile, groups of migrants continued protesting in Mytilene on Saturday against their lengthy detention on the island and the delays in examining their asylum applications by the appropriate authorities.