An undocumented migrant passed away, while another two are currently missing, after an incident on the Greek island of Lesvos. A rubber boat carrying 16 migrants capsized but the Greek Coast Guard were only able to save 13 of the passengers, who were taken to the island.
The incident occurred under unclear circumstances while authorities are still trying to locate the two missing people.
Agathonisi: Number of migrants surpasses number of residents
The local community on the small Greek island of Agathonisi is trying to tackle the migrant and refugee issue with no doctors, water or infrastructure and an almost non-existent police force.
The 150 permanent residents are afraid since 340 migrants and refugees arrived on the island.
Agathonisi mayor Evangelos Kottoros called on the Greek state for immediate assistance. “There are 340 people on the island who cannot leave. Since there is no place for them to stay, they sleep wherever they can find a place, on the streets. Their number is double the number of permanent residents,” he said.
The small island is located near the island of Samos and is part of the Natura 2000 as a refuge.
Another 2,172 refugees arrive in Piraeus port
More than 2,000 Syrian refugees will arrive in the port of Piraeus at 6 pm on August 21, with the passenger ship “Eleftherios Venizelos.”
It was reported that 2,172 refugees from Syria will be transferred from Mytilene to the Greek capital.
The same ship arrived in Piraeus on Thursday morning at 9 am, carrying some 2,500 Syrian refugees that had crossed the border and reached the Greek islands of Kos, Kalymnos, Leros and Lesvos.