The Greek government has announced the closure of the three largest overcrowded migrant camps on the Aegean islands of Lesbos, Samos and Chios.
“Decongesting the islands is the priority at this stage.” Athens announced on Wednesday, November 20, the upcoming closure of the three largest migrant camps on the Aegean islands of Lesbos, Samos and Chios, and their replacement by closed structures tripled the capacity, which however remain insufficient.
The three overcrowded camps of Lesbos, Samos and Chios, which currently shelter more than 27,000 migrants with a total capacity of 4,500, will be closed on a date that has not been specified. To replace them, closed structures of 5,000 places each will be erected on these three islands close to Turkey, said the government's special coordinator for migration, Alkiviadis Stefanis, at a press conference. Or 15,000 places in total.
Instead of being allowed to come and go freely on the islands, asylum seekers will be locked inside the new camps for the time to identify them, study their status and decide on their relocation or their return to the islands. Turkey, specified Alkiviadis Stefanis. The other two camps in Kos and Leros, whose conditions are less dramatic, will be renovated and expanded, he added.
The Greek government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis has begun to transfer hundreds of asylum seekers from the Aegean islands to the mainland, with the goal of relocating 20,000 by the end of 2019. But the anger rises among the inhabitants of the continent . And hundreds of exiles continue to flock daily. The Ministry of Citizen Protection announced that 40,000 people had arrived in Greece in the last four months.