Shades of 2015 emerging in eastern Aegean, as migrant/refugee crisis resurfacing

Friday, 01 November 2019 15:12
George Vitsaras / SOOC/George Vitsaras
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Shades of 2015 are emerging on a handful of eastern Aegean islands, with another eight inflatable craft and boats reaching Lesvos (Mytilene) overnight, carrying 323 irregular migrants and would-be asylum seekers that disembarked from the opposite Turkish coast.

More than 15,000 third country nationals - from sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and even south Asia - are now housed on the island's Moria "hotspot", a notoriously squalid temporary shelter by west European standards.

Meanwhile on the island of Leros, a protest was held by local residents over the prospect of 3,000 irregular migrants being transported there from even smaller Symi isle, which lies only a few kilometers west of the Turkish coast.

Nearly 6.900 people illegally landed on Greece's eastern Aegean islands last month, Greek authorities announced this week.

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