Migrant Flows to Greek Islands Increase 76%



greece migrantsThe flow of migrants to the Greek islands from Turkey has increased by 76%, after disputes between Ankara and Europe, following the failed coup attempt. The number of stranded asylum seekers coming from the Turkish shores to the northeast Aegean islands has exceeded 10,000.

The number of registered migrants in the country has reached 57,098, according to the refugee crisis management coordinating committee. The number includes 7,638 refugees staying in premises rented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, another 2,756 stay in unorganized structures and an estimated 2,300 migrants are living outside any official or proper hospitality structure.

At the same time, Greek authorities plan to transfer refugees and migrants who are stranded on the Aegean islands to mainland Greece. Many of the migrants on the islands have asylum applications pending review, thereby creating congestion on hospitality camps.