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While Greeks lose their homes, migrants will stay in hotels and cruise ships

The Greek government is planning to charter cruise ships and book hotel rooms to deal with the country’s renewed migrant crisis.

The Secretary of State of the Greek Ministry of Immigration, Mr Giannis Balafas, said during an interview with the Greek radio station REALFM that it’s a necessary measure for especially rejected asylum seekers or migrants.

Some camps in Greece are overcrowded and with the winter coming hotels will be used to host refugees. The situation at the Islands of Lesvos and Samos is described as critical.

According to the Greek government besides hotel rooms, cruise ships could be hired as well. Already 20,000 refugees are living in Greek apartments, as part of a program for 30,000 newcomers sponsored by the European Union.

In the meantime a lot of native Greeks could soon loose their own homes. As a result of the financial crisis banks will start within weeks with selling several private owned houses at auctions.

Hundreds of homeless Greeks could watch their government provide luxurious shelters to immigrants, while they need shelter during the cold winter themselves.
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Well, the EU and Germany should foot most of the bill, since it's largely Merkel's fault - encouraged by Brussels. The voters won't be happy of course, but they haven't a say now that Merkel's ensconced again and the EU ignores voters.
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Greek mayor: “Women are afraid to go out alone, we keep our children inside our homes”

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Spyros Galinis, the mayor of Mytilene, the capital of the island of Lesbos, told Greek news outlet Iefimerida, that the people in his city are increasingly concerned about migrants. Galinis said that “Women are afraid to go out of their homes, we keep our children in our houses”.

According to the mayor, Lesbos is exhausted of the ongoing dangerous situation with migrants. The people of Lesbos were once represented by the media as the people of solidarity, who even opened their homes to refugees from Syria.

But now the situation has completely changed, as the once solidary and tolerant residents of Lesbos are facing the cruel reality of the uncontrolled mass immigration crisis that is inflicting Europe once again. Mr Galinos added: “Our citizens feel abandoned by Greece and by the EU, Greek citizens meanwhile form only one third of the people living on this island”.

Earlier , the Médecins Sans Frontières agency warned that Lesbos “has reached a point of eruption “… healthcare and other services provided to immigrants, leading some others to resort to violence.”

In addition, the head of the local chamber of commerce, Mr Evangelos Myrsinias, told reporters that “Trade and investment on our island have stopped… We feel neglected and abandoned on the islands. We feel a disappointment that is exacerbated by the decision to increase taxes, which after what we have passed will drastically increase our living costs.”
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Greek leader protests against migrant crimes and warns: Our residents are ready to take the law into their own hands!

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The Greek leader of the municipality of Moria on the island of Lesbos, Mr Trakelis, started a hunger strike protesting outside of the Aegean and Island Policy General Secretariat, Protothema reports.

The reason for this were the severe hygiene and security problems that the locals are facing for the past three years, living next to the largest refugee camp in Greece.

A few days ago, migrants started a fire, burning down 10 acres of olive trees. This was the last straw for the residents of Moria. That incident made the head of the community start his hunger strike.

Holding a sign that read “MORIA SOS, SOLUTION NOW” Mr Trakelis stated:

“We can’t take it anymore. From the year 2015 on, we are experiencing a complete disaster in our village. Inside the camp the sanitation facilities are built for 800 people, and right now 8000 people are living there.

The sewage is poured into the nearby rivers and ends up in the sea passing through our properties. There is garbage everywhere, dirt and mosquitoes. Every notion of safety and hygiene is ruined in our village.”

According to Mr Trakelis every time he meets with the members of the government they promise him to get rid of the camp but nothing happens at all.

“Everybody is fooling us… Everybody, the government and the EU are fooling us…. The residents are ready to take the law into their hands. We are trying to keep the local municipality accountable, to preserve any social cohesion that has remained within our people…”

Mr Trakelis states that he will remain outside the Aegean and Island Policy General Secretariat, which represents the island of Lesbos.

“The state finally needs to start working, we don’t seek anything else but for the government to defend our lives and our properties as every state is obliged to do for its citizens… no more promises, we need actions…..”
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Greeks start protesting after migrants sexually assault six young boys on the island of Chios

On June 20th, a group of children was playing football in a field next to the refugee camp of Chalkios when suddenly a group of migrants appeared and stopped the game.

Some of the migrants started touching the boys who resisted and screamed for help. Their screams were heard by residents living in nearby homes.

Neighbours rushed out to protect the boys. The appearance of the residents and the children’s’ strong resistance made the migrants escape through the nearby fields to the camp. Residents themselves are prohibited to approach this camp.

The locals called the police and some of the migrants were brought to the Chios police headquarters a few hours later. The children recognised them as the perpetrators and the prosecutor ordered an investigation into the case.

Yesterday, all the residents of the village of Chalkios, as well as others from all over the island of Chios started a strong protest rally showing their anger and disappointment about the event.

Similar to the residents of Moria, on the island of Lesbos, Chalkios residents are seing their village being totally destroyed.

Women and children are afraid to leave their homes due to the migrants’ aggressive behaviour which has now culminated in an attempt of raping young children.

The residents of Chalkios are declaring that they will not let anyone touch their children, and if anything like this happen again they will take the law into own hands.

The migration problem is literally a ticking time bomb triggered by extreme leftist pro-immigration leaders. The government is feeling the pressure from the furious residents rising day by day.
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Greece remains the top route for migrants. But....Greece is about to collapse under all those illegal migrants. Thousands of people are arriving on the Greek islands every day, and they can't cope any longer.
Greek authorities arrest 61 illegal migrants following violence in Thessaloniki

Authorities in Greece have ramped up efforts to detain migrants living in the country without residence permits.

On Tuesday, authorities announced that 61 foreign nationals were arrested who had been living in the city of Thessaloniki illegally. The police operation was said to have occurred between 7 pm and midnight on Monday, with police detaining as many as 160 foreign nations, Ekathimerini reports.

Authorities told reporters that processes to begin deporting the migrants, who are mostly from Iraq, Algeria, Pakistan, and Iran, were already underway.

The sweep was part of a wider police crackdown which follows several violent clashes close to the main train station in Greece’s second-largest city.

Greek media has released video footage of the clashes which shows men fighting with knives and iron bars. At least four men were injured during the clashes, one of them with gunshot wounds.

Authorities say theyh also arrested 13 migrants at airports on the islands of Santorini and Kos. The arrests occurred after migrants with forged identification documents attempted to board planes to Central Europe and Italy.

21 additional arrests were made for similar offenses last week at smaller airports throughout the country, police confirmed.
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Migration Crisis 2.0: Greece at a breaking point

A drastic rise in the number of migrant arrivals in the last few weeks has brought a facility on the Greek island of Lesbos to the brink of collapse and has forced the government to take immediate action.

As a result of the overcrowding and deteriorating conditions, Greece has started to move hundreds of ‘asylum seekers’ from its migrant camp on the island of Lesbos to its mainland.

On Monday, close to 1,500 migrants were moved from the Moria reception center on Lesbos to migrant facilities in Thessaloniki, Athens News Agency reports.

There is also a second group of migrants that are expected to be transferred to a refugee camp in Nea Kavala, Kilkis.

Moria, Europe’s largest migrant camp, has a carrying capacity of about 3,000 people. As of right now, more than 11,000 migrants and refugees – mostly from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia – are being held there.

Recently, Greece has seen a sharp rise in the number of migrants arriving on its shores. Last month alone, Greece saw close to 7,000 migrants arrive by boat, the highest number since 2016.

Last week, 13 dinghies with around 540 people on board landed in Skala Sikamias in Lesbos. This represents the largest number of migrant arrivals in a single day since the EU-Turkey agreement was signed.

Despite the 2016 EU-Turkey agreement enabling Europe to send back all migrants who arrive at the Greek islands via Turkey, the Turkish government hasn’t upheld the pact. Few migrants have ever been returned under the agreement.

The sharp increase in illegal migrant arrivals to Greece prompted the Greek foreign minister, Nikos Dendias, to summon Turkey’s ambassador last Friday to “express Greece’s deep discontent.”

In August, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu threatened European governments when he said, “We are facing the biggest wave of migration in history. If we open the floodgates, no European government will be able to survive for more than six months. We advise them not to try our patience.”

Greece represents primary point of entry into Europe for Afghan, Iraqi, and Syrian migrants. More than half of the 56,000 migrants who’ve landed on the northern shores of the Mediterranean have landed in Greece.
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Greece: At least two dead as migrants clash with police and firefighters at camp in Lesbos

At least two people have been killed after migrants in a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos set fires to housing units and clashed with police and firefighters on Sunday.

According to a report from Athens News Agency, which quoted police sources, a woman and child died as a result of the chaos and fires at the overcrowded Moria camp on the island of Lesbos. Five others were sent to hospital for injuries suffered from the fires and fighting.

Currently, the death toll is still unclear with one migrant eyewitness saying that three people died due to the blaze which spread across six or seven housing units.

According to police reports, the fires began around 4:45 p.m. after several migrants set fires to a housing unit in the center where the refugees live. When firefighters attempted to respond to put out the fire, migrants attacked them so they couldn’t.

Later that day, the camp saw group clashes between migrants of different nationalities and religions, as thousands attempted to leave the camp.

To help contain the violent clashes between migrants and local police, additional police forces were deployed to the camp on the Greek Island.

“The situation is tense,” Lesbos Mayor Stratis Kytelis said. “There is information about a dead mother and her child. We haven’t been able to confirm that yet.”

Although Moria’s facilities were designed to hold 3,000 migrants, it’s currently hosting close to 13,000.

Recently, Greece has seen a sharp rise in the number of migrants arriving on its shores. Last month alone, Greece saw close to 7,000 migrants arrive by boat, the highest number since 2016.

The number of illegal arrivals, which once averaged 60 per day, has now reached an average of 278 per day. This year alone, more than 22,000 migrants are believed to have landed in Greece.

On Sunday, the Greek government announced that it was planning to discuss a new asylum draft law to address the renewed migrant crisis.
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Greek government to conduct mass deportations while it tightens asylum policy for migrants

Following Sunday’s deadly fire at Moria migrant facility on Greece’s Lesbos island, the Greek government has announced several new measures designed to manage the surging flow of migrants coming into the country.

Stelios Petsas, a spokesperson for the Greek government, has announced that the Greek Ministerial Council has decided to clamp down on its asylum application system and increase deportations.

The government said Greece aims to deport 10,000 migrants by the end of next year, Reuters reports.

The country will also increase sea patrols, speed up asylum procedures and create close pre-departure centers for migrants who’ve entered the country illegally who are aren’t eligible for asylum or whose applications have been rejected, Petsas announced in a statement.

In recent months, Greece has been inundated with unrelenting streams of migrants landing on their shores from the Turkish coast. Europe’s largest refugee camp Moria, located on Lesbos island, has become an absolute disaster. 12,600 migrants now live at the camp that was originally designed to host about 3,000.

Yesterday, at least two people were killed after several migrants set housing units – in the center where the migrants live – on fire, and then prevented firefighters from putting it out.

“We are really going through a national crisis,” Deputy Citizen’s Protection Minister Lefteris Economou told reporters on Lesbos.

Athens has accused Ankara of violating the terms of the 2016 EU-Turkish migration agreement whereby Ankara promised to limit the unending flow of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa into the EU via sea transit from Turkey.

In August, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu threated to destroy European governments when he said, “We are facing the biggest wave of migration in history. If we open the floodgates, no European government will be able to survive for more than six months. We advise them not to try our patience.”

Last month alone, Greece saw close to 7,000 migrants arrive by boat, the highest number since 2016.
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Greece: At least two dead as migrants clash with police and firefighters at camp in Lesbos

At least two people have been killed after migrants in a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos set fires to housing units and clashed with police and firefighters on Sunday.
I suspected as much, but when I saw it in the UK papers there was no mention of how the fires started. Why am I not surprised?
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Greece: Second migrant camp up in flames after violence erupts

Hundreds have been left without shelter after fires broke out at an overcrowded migrant camp on the Greek island of Samos. The incident marks the second of its kind in less than a month.

The fires were started after violent clashes broke out between groups of Syrian and Afghan migrants. Greek police say that no injuries resulted from the blaze at Vathy camp, the Athens morning newspaper Ekathimerini reports.

Greek police also mentioned that the clashes between Syrians and Afghans on Monday followed another fight earlier in the day which saw three Syrians hospitalized for stab wounds.

The fire is also said to have destroyed several tents and housing containers.

Greece is currently struggling to cope with an influx of migrants that hasn’t been seen since Europe’s migrant crisis in 2016.

In August, Greece saw close to 7,000 migrants arrive by boat – the highest number since 2016. This year alone, over 22,000 migrants are reported to have come to Greece.

Close to 90,000 migrants are living in more than 50 camps scattered across Greece’s mainland, five Aegean islands, and northern frontiers.

Earlier this month, two people were killed after migrants in a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos set fires to housing units and clashed with police and firefighters.

In August, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said, “We are facing the biggest wave of migration in history. If we open the floodgates, no European government will be able to survive for more than six months. We advise them not to try our patience.”

A month later, the same sentiment was echoed by Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan when he threatened to “open the gates” to allow migrants into Europe unless the EU provided financial backing for a “safe zone” inside war-torn Syria very soon.

Just days ago, in response to Europe’s criticism of Turkey’s military incursion into northeastern Syria, Erdogan threatened to ‘open the gates’ once more.

Following Erdogan’s threats, Alternative for Germany (AfD) MP Petr Bystron called on Berlin and Brussels to stop all payments to the Turkish government.
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Greek Island Samos at ‘breaking point’ after migrant camp blaze

Following the fire at an overcrowded migrant camp on the Greek Island of Samos which left hundreds without shelter, the local mayor has said the island has reached a breaking point.

The mayor has said that hundreds of migrants are now having to sleep in the streets and public squares as a result of Monday’s fire which destroyed several housing units at the Vathy migrant processing center, Ekathimerini reports.

During a morning television talk show on Thursday, East Samos Mayor Giorgos Stantzos told reporters, “The island has become destabilized. We are counting down for something bad to happen.”

Mayor Stantzos has urged the government in Athens to hasten migrant relocations to the Greek mainland to lessen the pressure on the camp as it undergoes repairs.

“Samos residents are exhausted. They need measures immediately,” he said.

Stantzos also mentioned that 6,000 migrants at the Vathy migrant reception center are having to live in a space that was originally designed to house less than 700.

Meanwhile, more waves of migrants from Turkey continue to reach Greek shores.

Tensions remain sky high at the migrant camp. Earlier in the week on Monday, several fights broke out between groups of Syrian and Afghan migrants which saw three Syrians hospitalized for stab wounds.

According to the Greek City Times, twelve migrants of different nationalities have been arrested for the roles they played in Monday’s violent clashes which resulted in the fires. Two migrants face charges of attempted murder and one has been charged with arson.

The Vathy fire is the second fire to break out at a migrant reception center on a Greek island in just weeks.

Earlier this month, two people were killed after migrants in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos set fires to housing units and violently clashed with police and firefighters.

This year, 46,100 migrants have made their way to Greece, compared to 37,300 in the previous year.
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Migrant Crisis 2.0: 800 migrants land on Greek shores in less than two days

Migrants continued flooding into Greece this week as close to 800 migrants successfully made their way from Turkey to Greece in just 48 hours, marking the highest rate of new arrivals in more than three years.

According to official data from the Greek Ministry of Citizen’s Protection, 795 new migrants and asylum-seekers made it to Greek shores between Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30, until 12 o’clock noon, the Greek Reporter reports.

The migrants are said to have arrived mostly on boats at Alexandropouli, on the mainland, as well as on the islands of Samos and Farmakonisi in the Eastern Aegean Sea.

Greece hasn’t experienced this many migrant arrivals since 2016 – right before the EU-Turkey migrant deal came into effect.

In the first ten months of this year alone, more migrants have landed in Greece than had arrived throughout the whole of 2018.

The latest figures from the U.N. suggest that between the beginning of 2019 and last Sunday, 55,348 migrants have arrived in Greece, with 43,683 arriving by sea.

Although camp Moria on the island of Lesbos was originally designed to accommodate a maximum of 3,000 people, current figures suggest that more than 14,427 migrants are living there.

The islands of Chios and Samos hold around 5,000 and 6,000 migrants, respectively. Several thousand additional migrants are scattered across other islands and camps on the Greek mainland.

The dramatic uptick in migrant arrivals and the overcrowding of camps has led to several outbreaks of violence in the past few months.

Earlier this month, clashes between migrants and police broke out after fires were started by migrants living at Vathy camp on the island of Samos. As a result of the fires, hundreds were left without shelter.

Weeks earlier, on the island of Lesbos, two people lost their lives after migrants set fire to housing units and clashed with police at the overcrowded Moria camp.
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Anti-migrant pork-and-alcohol BBQ held near Diavata refugee camp in Greece
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Cyprus now receiving most migrants in EU relative to its population

Due to recent changes in migration routes in the Mediterranean Sea, the tiny island of Cyprus has been inundated with migrants to such an extent that it now has the most migrant arrivals relative to its population in the entire EU.

Migrants held up on the Turkish mainland can easily hop on a flight to the Turkish-controlled northern part of Cyprus before making their way by sea or by air to the Greek section of the island, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

According to Christoffer Wendick, a reporter from SVT, Cyprus has become the easiest way to reach the European Union.

A flight traveling from the Turkish mainland to the Turkish part of Cyprus “is almost like a domestic flight,” Wendick said.

The Cyprus Mail reported last month that if migration continues on at its current rate that the tiny island could have as many as 100,000 migrants within a mere five years, with migrants making up as much as 3.5 percent of the total population.

“You understand what this means for a country like Cyprus,” Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said.

“We are currently experiencing the largest population displacements ever seen and according to the UN 250 million to 300 million people are migrating each year,” the minister added.

Petrides urged EU member states to assist Cyprus by taking some of the migrants off its hands.

“Not many of them are refugees. These are economic immigrants who abuse or exploit this particularity,” Petrides said.

Over the summer, Interior Minister Petrides and the Cypriot government asserted that the Turkish government could be assisting in the illegal trafficking migrants into the Greek part of the island.

Petrides also accused Northern Cypriot authorities of facilitating criminal human trafficking rings, declaring that this kind of behavior “cannot be tolerated at a European level”.

Last week, 131 Syrian migrants arrived by boat to the Greek side of Cyprus. Of those who were allowed to disembark from the boat, 118 were men, four were women, and nine were children.
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Greece: Government to replace overcrowded asylum centers with closed detention facilities

Athens announced plans to shut down several of its overcrowded migrant camps scattered across the Aegean islands and replace them with five ‘closed detention facilities’ as the embattled EU member state struggles to cope with the ongoing migrant invasion.

The facilities, which are planned to be built on the islands of Samos, Chios, Lesvos, Kos, and Leros, will have space to house between 1,000 and 5,000 people each, Greek morning newspaper Kathimerini reports.

Moria, the most infamous migrant camp on the Greek islands – perhaps the most infamous migrant camp in the entire European Union – is set to be one of the camps that’s shut down.

In October, two people were killed in Moria after migrants staying at the camp set fire to housing units and physically prevented firefighters from putting the fire out. Later the same day, the camp saw group clashes between migrants with disparate ethnoreligious identities.

Although Moria was originally designed to accommodate roughly 3,000 individuals, as of early October, the number of people living in the camp had swelled to nearly 15,000.

Earlier this month, one senior Greek government official – speaking on the condition of anonymity – said that the government had plans to transfer 5,000 migrants currently housed in camps scattered across its islands over to the mainland in the next two weeks.

Athens has also hinted that it would like to see 20,000 migrants moved to the mainland by the end of this year. As of this report, around 90,000 migrants are housed in more than 50 camps located across Greece’s mainland, its five Aegean islands, and northern frontiers.

This year alone, nearly 22,000 migrants have landed in Greece, the highest number of migrant arrivals since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015-2016, when more than a million migrants made their way into Europe mainly from the Middle East and North Africa.
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Migrant Crisis 2.0: More than 1,350 migrants land on Greek islands last weekend

Greece’s Coast Guard reported that over 1,350 migrants landed on the country’s various islands in the Aegean Sea over the weekend. The news comes as migrant facilities operating on the Greek islands already face massive overcrowding and growing violence.

According to the Greek Coast Guard, between Friday and Monday morning, 658 migrants were picked up while another 730 migrants succeeded in landing on the shores of one of the Aegean islands not far from Turkey, Courrier International reports.

The announcement comes as groupings of hundreds and hundreds of illegal migrants continue to invade Greek shores, only adding to the migrants who already call the overflowing migrant facilities across the county home.

Currently, close to 90,000 migrants are housed in more than 50 camps located across Greece’s mainland, five Aegean islands, and northern frontiers.

The situation has become so dire at camps located across the Greek Islands, that authorities have begun transporting 20,000 migrants housed at facilities across the islands to camps on the Greek mainland.

News of the arrival of 20,000 additional foreigners – many of the Muslims – onto the Greek mainland has angered many. To express their discontent, one group which calls itself United Macedonia organized a pork, beer, and wine barbeque outside of camp that houses migrants.

In 2019, 22,000 migrants illegally entered Greece, the highest number of new arrivals since the peak of the migrant crisis in 2015-2016.

The Greek government, who has largely been left to deal with the problem by itself, has called on the European Union to sanction member states like Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic who’ve consistently refused to take in any newly arrived migrants.

The Greek government argues that the Central European policies place an unfair burden on frontline EU states like Greece, Italy, and Spain.
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People-smuggling gang busted in Athens, ID´s of members released.

Announcement on the release of IDs and photographs of members of a criminal group committing robberies and theft in downtown Athens.

Police in Attica announced on Monday that they had unraveled a gang that had been trafficking undocumented migrants whom they provided with stolen or forged travel documents so that they could leave Greece either through airports or over land borders.

The gang also supplied migrants with residence permits and driving licenses.

Three undocumented migrants were also arrested during the same raid.

Identity and photographs of thirty-five (35) foreigners, members of a criminal group committing robberies and thefts in downtown Athens, were released to the Public Prosecutor’s Office following a relevant Order of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Athens.

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Greece: Local mayors of Aegean Islands plan protests against the relentless inflow of migrants

Local authorities on Greece’s Aegean islands have planned protests against the unabated inflow of migrants arrivals to the already overcrowded Greek islands each week.

Official figures have revealed that in the past four days alone, over 1,000 migrants have landed on the Greek islands, Ekathimerini reports.

The situation on the Greek islands of Lesbos, Samos, and Chios has deteriorated to such a point, that the mayors of the three islands and the Regional Governor Konstantinos Moutzouris are planning protests against the establishment of new asylum centers.

Last week, local residents of the island Leros, led by Mayor Michalis Kollias, obstructed a ferry carrying migrants from other islands to dock. The migrant reception center on Leros is currently home to 2,280 people. At the same time, 17,000 migrants are living at Moria reception center on Lesbos – a center originally designed to hold 2,800.

As each day passes, the situation on the islands becomes increasingly untenable. Last week, a 27-year-old Afghan woman died in a fire that began in a container home in the pop-up Kara Tepe migrant camp on Lesbos

Last Thursday, Greek authorities dismantled a group of criminal professionals who had been selling fake medical documents to migrants looking for a quick transfer to the mainland.

Police announced that three individuals – two lawyers and a psychologist – had produced 538 fake documents which falsely diagnosed migrants with post-traumatic stress disorder so they could be transferred to the Greek mainland. The group is said to have charged between 550 and 950 euros for each fake document.
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100,000 more migrants expected to reach Greece in 2020

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The Greek government says it’s bracing itself for a dramatic uptick in migrants coming from its neighbor across the Aegean Sea.

As migrants continue to pour into Greece from Turkey and as the crisis on the Greek islands continues to deepen, the Greek government has predicted that 100,000 more migrants will arrive from Turkey next year, Deutsche Welle reports.

“The crisis is happening now, and it is serious,” Manos Logothetis, government commissioner for migration, said on Wednesday.

As a result of 45,000 migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Greece during the last half-year alone, Logothetis says that the situation in Greece is “clearly more critical” than it was during the height of the migrant crisis in 2015.

Migrant facilities on the Greek Islands of Lesbos and Samos that were originally designed to accommodate less than 10,000 people are currently housing more than 41,000 migrants. It’s the highest number of migrants housed at these facilities since the EU-Turkey migrant agreement came into effect in 2016.

In October, two separate fires at migrant camps on the Greek islands left two dead and hundreds without shelters. In addition to the fires, the incidents saw migrants violently clash with Greek police.

Following threats from Turkish President Recep Erdogan to flood Europe with more than three million migrants, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged NATO to increase its naval patrols in the Aegean Sea. Feeling alone in their struggle, the Greek government has also called on the EU to sanction member states who refuse to accept migrant relocation quotas.

To help reduce the pressure on their overflowing reception centers, Logothetis said that the Greek government would like to see 10,000 migrants deported back to Turkey. Before it can do so, however, Greece would need 270 asylum case reviews.

The Greek government also plans to construct new migrant reception centers on its five islands where most of the migrants land after sailing from Turkey.

Last week, France announced that it would accept 400 asylum seekers from Greece to help ease its situation.
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but the heart of the fool to the left.

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