More than 500 Migrants Arrive on Greek Islands in 2 Days

Over the past few weeks there have been hundreds of migrants per day that have been arriving from Turkey, on the Greek islands.  This has put a great load on the reception and registration centres of these islands.

Five hundred migrants landed on Greek islands in the past 48 hours, sounding the alarm for Greek migration authorities. The five reception and registration centres (hotspots) on Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros in the northeast Aegean, are already overcrowded and tensions are rising, as the hospitality centres are unable to offer the bare minimum in living conditions.

According to a Kathimerini report, there are administrative problems that do not allow for the proper operation of these camps. A hotspot employee has informed the newspaper that there is a lack of communication between the director of the coordinating agency of registration centres, Anthi Karaggeli, and the Deputy Minister for Migration Policy, Yiannis Mouzalas. According to the report, the employee said that Karaggeli has been absent from her office for a month now, and the hotspots are in a bind, as there are many documents that need to be signed by her.

The biggest problems appear on Lesvos, where there are 6,102 enclaved migrants and refugees, according to official data. About two thirds of them are at the Moria reception and registration centre, where it has become impossible to host so many people. Tents have been set out on the neighboring fields to accommodate the new asylum seekers who arrive on a daily basis.