ATHENS, September 7 (EUROPE PRESS) –
A total of 424 immigrants have arrived since midnight and noon on Saturday to the islands of the North Aegean Sea, as reported by the Police.
Up to 178 of these individuals have arrived on the island of Lesbos, another 114 have arrived in Chios and 132 more are on the island of Samos and immigrants continue to arrive, according to the Greek news agency AMNA.
This is the second consecutive day with a significant number of immigrants arriving to the islands from Turkey. On Friday, 175 immigrants arrived in total: 80 to Lesbos, 25 to Chios and 70 to Samos.
More than half of the 56,000 migrants arriving on the northern Mediterranean coast this year have been welcomed in Greece, which is the main gateway to Europe for Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi migrants.
The figure seems small compared to the million people who fled to northern Europe through Greece in 2015, before the European Union and Turkey closed the agreement that managed to almost completely cut off that flow of migrants, although thousands of people They are still trying to reach Europe through the Balkan route and many thousands are still in Greek territory.
The new Greek Government has begun to move immigrants from the islands' detention centers to mainland Greece to relieve pressure from overcrowded centers. He has also announced more intense border control and accelerated deportations of asylum seekers whose applications are rejected.