The Greek government has promised to close the refugee camp on the island of Samos, where there have been several fires in the past few days, before the end of the year, allegedly committed by the migrants themselves to denounce the conditions of this enclave.
“The situation on Samos is very difficult. We will close it,” said Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis of the ERT chain after visiting the camp, which is located in a high area next to the city of Vathy. The executive plans to build a new complex approximately 7 kilometers away.
Two fires in the past two days have destroyed emergency shelters to put pressure on the government to bring the migrant population to mainland Greece. The police have arrested more than twenty migrants for allegedly being linked to the events.
The field currently houses around 6,800 people, although it is designed for ten times less. This saturation is also repeated in other enclaves on the nearby islands of Lesbos, Cos, Leros and Chios, the place of arrival for the boats that set sail from Turkey.