Migration Flow to Greek Islands on the Rise

prMore than 300 migrants combined landed on the islands of Chios, Lesvos and Kos on Monday morning, raising concerns about the ability of Greek authorities to manage the inflow.

Specifically, Lesvos received 176 refugees, 89 landed on Chios and 50 more on Kos, all coming from the nearby Turkish shores.

Greek authorities are concerned that the Turkey-European Union agreement to stem the migrant flow is at risk after the July coup attempt in the neighboring country.

Earlier in August, Deputy Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas expressed the fear that at least 180,000 migrants would enter Greece if Ankara breaches the deal with the EU.

This at a time when Greek authorities have indirectly admitted they have trouble accommodating the 58,483 stranded migrants and refugees in Greek territory who are registered. At the same time, the migration deputy has admitted that there are about 5,000 migrants who have not been registered.

Characteristically, on Monday morning there were 11,690 registered migrants on the islands of Lesvos, Kos, Chios, Samos and Leros when the migrant hospitality facilities can only accommodate 7,450.

Local authorities complain that the excessive number of migrants and refugees lead to tension between themselves and with the hosting communities.


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