Refugee Hotspots in Greece Rapidly Nearing Capacity, Authorities Warn



Refugees arrive on the shores of the island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from TurkeyAs 34 more migrants reached the shores of the Greek Island of Lesvos on Monday, the hot spots for migrants are rapidly approaching capacity, official data from the reception centers reveals.

With some 57,000 refugees currently living in Greece in migrant reception centers, Greek authorities have said that the capacity of the camps of 60,223 persons will soon cap.

Hotspots around the country including the Greek islands of Lesvos, Kos, Chios, Leros, Kalymnos and Samos are already seeing their limits being pushed as the facilities meant for 7,450 people are currently hosting some 9,399 migrants.

Although the migrant crisis had slowed in regards to new arrivals over the past few months since the EU-Turkey migration deal went into effect in March, since the failed military coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, the flow of migrants to Greece has increased.

In a recent interview with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker by the newspaper Austrian Daily Kurier, Juncker expressed concerns that the deal may very well fall apart at any given moment.

“The risk is big. The success so far of the pact is fragile. President Erdogan has already hinted several times that he wants to scrap it…Then we can expect migrants to start coming to Europe again,” Juncker told the newspaper published on Saturday.


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