Lesvos: The Migrant Crisis in 24 Pictures



Lesvos, the beautiful Greek island in the Aegean once known for its spectacular beaches, has lately been in the news as the main entry point to Europe for thousands of migrants and war-torn Syrian refugees.

Only on Tuesday, Lesvos had a reported 12,000 migrants and war-torn refugees roaming around the island, searching for ways to arrive to Athens and start their trip to Northern Europe.

Mayor Spiros Galinos asked the Greek government to declare a state of emergency on the island on Wednesday.

“We are letting you know that in the past two months, more undocumented immigrants and refugees have come through Lesvos than the total population of the island, thus more than 85,000. Despite the efforts to transport them to the mainland, the number of daily arrivals is much bigger than that of departures and as a result there are 10,000 people in the port of Mytilene,” a press release from the mayor’s office noted.

Ntina Markaki, one of the many locals who try to help the myriads of refugees who arrive at the port looking for temporary shelter, sent us these 24 pictures that capture the crisis on the Greek island.

Photo Credit: Ntina Markaki 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. In July 2015, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made the following statement in a speech he gave at the 26th Bálványos Summer Open University and Student Camp.

    “The question now is not merely what kind of Europe we Hungarians would like to live in, but whether Europe as we now know it will survive at all. Our answer is clear: we would like Europe to remain the continent of Europeans. … We can say we want it, because it depends only on us: We want to preserve Hungary as a Hungarian country.”

    Antal Rogan, the parliament caucus leader of Orban’s ruling centre-right Fidesz party, said “the very existence of Christian Europe” was under threat.

    “Would we like our grandchildren to grow up in a United European Caliphate? My answer to that is no,” Rogan told the pro-government daily Magyar Idok.

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán dares to speak out in defense of the indigenous people of his country, and the indigenous European people as a whole! In the coming years other European nations will also be led by Prime Ministers and Presidents that dare to speak out in defense of the indigenous populations of their respective nations, e.g. Nicholaos Michaloliakos in Greece, Marine le Pen in France, etc.

  2. sAD AS IT MAY WHAT IS HAPPENING IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG..But ther e is not mention of the Turks who take these people’s money and put them on inflatable boats with no life jackets or documentation..It is wrong what the Turks are doing..

  3. The Turgut Özal plan.

    The Turkish government facilitates the arrival of illegal 3rd world immigrants to Greece, in line with the “Ozal doctrine”, initiated by former Turkish Prime Minister, Turgut Özal who stated that:

    “We do not need to make war with Greece. We just need to send them a few millions illegal immigrants from Turkey and finish with them.”