Over 3,500 Migrants Reach Greek Islands from Turkey in August

A record number of migrants and refugees have recently reached the Greek islands from Turkey, according to the latest data from the UN refugee agency.

At least 3,695 people reached the Aegean Greek islands in August alone, data from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) shows.

The number is the highest since March 2016, when the EU and Turkey signed a deal to prevent mass migration to Europe.

THe UNHCR is urging Greek authorities to improve conditions for migrants and refugees on eastern Aegean islands, expressing concern for increased overcrowding.

It called for “robust action to improve conditions” and the deployment of more staff.