There was a spike in the numbers of new asylum seekers arriving in Greece with 51 new arrivals in the last 24 hours bringing the number of refugees and immigrants trapped on the island of Mytilene, Lesvos, to 4,964 people. The island of Karpathos in the South East Aegean saw another 71 refugees over the last 24 hours, whereas the isle of Chios saw another 56 people and an increase of refugees to 3,372 at a time when the flow had been stemmed for a while. On Samos there are currently 973 people. The islands of the North Aegean currently shelter 9,309 refugees and migrants.
The 71 new refugee arrivals reached the bay of Afiartis, known as a surfer’s paradise, at 6:00 in the morning. There were 37 men, 18 women and 16 children on board with the young ones aged from 10 months to 5 years. The arrivals are from Syria, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan and they were immediately taken to the reception area prepared by the Municipality of Karpathos and volunteers. George Vasilarakis, the president of the Organization of Culture, Sports and Education of the Municipality of Karpathos, has already called for citizens to gather necessities such as blankets, water and medicine to help the refugees.