Hundreds of Migrants Housed in New Facility on Greece’s Lesvos Island



The temporary migrant facility on Lesvos. Credit: AMNA

A total of 800 migrants and refugees who had been left without shelter after the fires that destroyed the Moria camp on Lesvos last week, were resettled at a new facility by Monday evening.

The Greek Army built a temporary hosting facility at Kara Tepe, located about 2.5 km to the northeast of Mytilene, the capital of the island.

All those admitted into the new camp are being tested for the new coronavirus, with 21 people showing positive results between Saturday and late Monday.

These individuals have been isolated from the other residents in a special area designed for that purpose, and are being monitored.

Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said on Monday that no refugees or migrants will be allowed to leave the island unless they first check in at the new Kara Tepe camp, where they will undergo a coronavirus test and also have their status confirmed so that the authorities can ascertain whether they are eligible for asylum or will be slated for deportation.