2,152 New Migrants Arrive on Greek Shores in First Two Weeks of November



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An additional 2,152 migrants and refugees arrived on the shores of Greece from November 1 to November 14, 2019, according to official data.

More specifically, and according to the announcement made by the North Aegean Police Directorate General, the island of Lesvos alone saw an influx of 1,425 individuals, with the island of Samos the target of 486 migrants and Chios 241.

In twelve hours alone, between 00:00 and 12:00 on Thursday, a total of 152 new refugees and migrants arrived on these three islands, with 70 on Lesvos, 42 on Samos and 40 on Chios.

Meanwhile, 347 additional migrants arrived on Thursday at the port of Piraeus as part of the government’s attempt to ease the massive burden that the Eastern Aegean islands are currently facing.

Meanwhile, the refugees expected to settle in a monastery in the northern Elis (Ilia) region in the Peloponnese arrived in the area on Thursday morning.

However, as local media is now reporting, these individuals are actually migrants from Somalia, Iraq, Congo, and the Sudan, and not from Syria, as previously reported, except for a handful of them.

In addition to this, for reasons still unknown, the migrants left the area just a few minutes after their arrival.

Media suggest that some of them said that the situation in the Moria camp on Lesvos would be better compared to the ancient monastery nestled in the mountains, but there is still no clear information at this point about the exact reasons why this resettlement effort ended up in a fiasco.