A total of 261 refugees and migrants arrived in the eastern Aegean islands in the last 24 hours, that is from Thursday to Friday morning. According to the Greek Migration Coordination body 139 people arrived in Lesvos, 61 in Chios, 18 in Samos, 15 in Leros and 28 in Karpathos.
171 people were rescued off the islands of Lesvos and Chios by the Greek Coast Guard.
As the number of new arrivals started to increase again after the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15th, the total number of refugees and migrants stuck on the Greek islands is now 11,088.
The total number of refugees and migrants living across Greece is 58,123 people.
According to UN High Commissioner data, people arriving in Greece after the EU-Turkey deal of March and the closure of Balkan route borders were:
3,650 in April
1,721 in May
1,554 in June
1,855 in July
1,577 in first 17 days of August.
Of course, there is a strong decrease of arrivals when compared to the first three months of 2016.
However, after the failed coup in Turkey, more boats and more people started to arrive again.
In August a total of 28 people – among them Syrians, Pakistanis and Afghans – returned to Turkey giving up their right for asylum.