More Than Two Thousand Migrants Arrive on Greek Islands in January



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According to the latest data provided by the Greek Coast Guard, 2,075 new migrants and refugees arrived on Greek islands in the Eastern Aegean Sea during the month of January.

The figure is lower than that of December, when 3,183 migrants arrived, but it is higher by 515 people than the migration levels recorded in January of 2018.

Two vessels were confiscated and two traffickers were arrested in January by the local authorities in Greece and FRONTEX, the EU’s Border and Coast Guard Agency.

According to the figures published by the Greek Ministry of Citizen Protection, a total of 14,794 migrants are currently living on Greek islands, with 6,920 of them currently housed on Lesvos.

The island of Samos accommodates 3,983 refugees and migrants, while 1,636 migrants are on Chios and 1,233 on Leros.

The remaining 961 migrants are currently living on the island of Kos and sixty-one on smaller islands in the Aegean Sea.