Greek Islanders to Strike, Demanding Shutdown of Migrant Centers

Migrants at Samos. File photo

Residents of Samos Island in the eastern Aegean called for a “day of action” on Thursday in protest against the cramped migrant center on the island.

Municipal services and businesses are scheduled to close down in a protest, demanding that the island’s center near the village of Vathy be shut down and its 3,685 residents moved elsewhere.

Both islanders and migrants have ratcheted up their protests regarding living conditions at the Vathy camp in recent months. The facility is currently housing more than five times its capacity of migrants.

A similar protest is planned for the island of Lesvos on Thursday to protest conditions at the Moria camp, which is also terribly overcrowded.