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Migration crisis: 13 boats with 546 migrants arrive on Lesvos within an hour

13 boats with 500 to 600 migrants onboard landed in the outskirts of Skala Sykamineas on the island of Lesvos on Thursday afternoon. All boats arrived at the same location in less than an hour. Last time this happened was in the peak of migration crisis in 2015.

It was short after 5 o’ clock in the afternoon, when several boats were spotted on their way to Sykamia having crossed into Greek territorial waters with the Frontex apparently in the role of passive bystander.

A total of 546 people, men, women and children disembarked following instructions by refugees NGOs, Aegean Boat Report reports.

According to local media, the migrants are excepted to be transferred to the hot spot of Moria already overcrowded with more than 10,000 people, while its capacity is designed for 3,000.

It is the largest number of migrants massively coming to Lesvos from the Turkish coast since the migration crisis in 2015-2016.

Moria workers are deeply concerned about the current situation, not only to the overcrowded situation but also to the under-performance of medical service.

They say that 6,000 migrants of Moria have not been medically registered.



Concerned is also the political and military leadership of the Greek Shipping Ministry about the increased arrivals not only about the massive arrivals on Thursday but also for their increase in the month of  August.

Next to the massive arrivals on Lesvos, a total of 122 migrants and refugees landed on the islands of Farmakonisi, Kos, Lesvos as well as in Alexandroupolis in north-eastern Greece.

According to latest data, the islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea Lesvos, Chios, Samos, leros and Kos are hosting more than 24,000 refugees and migrants.

The Ministry is to hold an extraordinary meeting on the issue is to take place on Friday noon.

There are reportedly still 4 patrol boats in the area of Sykamia.

The massive arrivals coincide with the growing tension between Turkey with the US and the European Union. Granting traffickers freedom of movement would increase the political pressure, Ankara seems to think.

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2 comments

  1. Very healthy looking migrants.
    Well organised, brand new boats.
    Who is pushing this???

  2. It’s not fair on Greece or any country having this scum land on our beaches .the more you take the more will come send them back.bring back the home guard.enough already