2,000 Migrants Travel by Ferry from Mytilene to Piraeus



migrants-MytileneAround 2,000 migrants and refugees arrived at the Piraeus port on Sunday morning, June 14, with ferries from the Greek island of Mytilene.

The migrants and refugees who mainly originated from Syria were trapped at the port of Mytilene and in reception centers and temporary stay on the island due to delays in necessary paperwork.

Starting early on Saturday evening until this morning, the Mytilene harbor area was evacuated and all migrants and refugees were transferred to a reception center, where the necessary documents were issued.

Greek Police and Coast Guard made great effort to accomplish the goal. In the end, the 2,000 migrants and refugees were divided in two groups and transferred to the Piraeus port with two ferries. Upon their arrival, they headed to Omonoia Square, where they were they were left with no shelter or financial aid.

At this moment, no measures have been taken in order to address the situation.

Over the past year, the number of illegal migrants and refugees who arrive in Greece from the Turkish coast has continuously increased. The situation has caused problems in several Greek islands, since they have no capacity to host the incoming migrants.