Over 600 Migrants Land on Greek Islands in 24 Hours

More than 600 migrants landed on islands of the Eastern Aegean from Monday morning until Tuesday dawn, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard.

Specifically, 397 refugees and migrants landed on the Greek islands until Tuesday morning, with 225 arriving on Chios, 61 on Samos, 93 on Leros and 18 on Kos.

On Monday, 156 people were rescued on three different spots on the island of Lesvos. In addition, a Frontex vessel rescued 48 refugees near the island of Ro later on Monday.

Local authorities are waiting to see if this is a transient phenomenon that has to do with the weather improvement. They are concerned, though, that this might be e general trend that will put more strain on the already overcrowded migrant and refugee facilities.

In total, over 2,400 refugees and migrants have reached the Greek islands in August, almost half of them in the last week. Officially, there are currently 14,221 asylum seekers on Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos, with 3,449 residing in informal structures under squalid conditions.