Sunday, September 15, 2019

Migrant Crisis: 427 migrants land on Greek Islands in a single day

Middle Eastern migrants continue to flood into Greece from Turkey, with an additional 427 arriving in just 24 hours, according to new reports. This marks the newest round of mass arrivals in a summer that's seen thousands upon thousands of illegal migrants make their way to Greece from Turkey.  

According to a report from HLN, within just one day, 427 illegal migrants reached the Greek islands of Rhodes, Lesbos, and Samos in the eastern region of the Aegean Sea on Thursday morning.  

The fresh arrivals come as migrant reception camps on the Greek islands are already overflowing. The reception centers, designed to house close to 6,300 migrants, are now housing over 20,000. 4,000 additional migrants are said to be housed at smaller camps, warehouses and apartments.  

Things have gotten so bad that the head of the Moria migrant reception center on Lesbos, Giannis Balbakakis, has resigned.  

A couple of weeks earlier, close to 1,500 migrants had to be moved from the Moria reception center to migrant facilities in Thessaloniki due to overcrowding, Athens News Agency reports.  

In late August, around 600 migrants landed in Skala Sikamias in Lesbos. This represented the largest number of migrant arrivals in a single day since the EU-Turkey agreement was signed. In August, Greece saw close to 7,000 migrants arrive by boat, the highest number since 2016.  

In 2019 alone, it’s believed that 34,000 migrants have arrived in Greece, again the highest number since the height of the migrant crisis in 2016.  

Earlier this month, Turkey’s President Erdogan threatened to "open the gates" to allow Syrian migrants to leave Turkey for European countries unless a "safe zone" inside war-torn Syria's established very soon.  

Weeks before that, Turkish Interior Minister S├╝leyman Soylu said: "We are facing the biggest wave of migration in history. If we open the floodgates, no European government will be able to survive for over 6 months. We advise them not to try our patience."

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