(Greece) – Over 300 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece from Turkey on Monday, August 29, 2016. They arrived at islands such as Lesvos, Chios, and Kos where there is already a large refugee presence. There are about 176 who arrived on Lesvos, 89 who went to Chios and 50 who arrived on Kos. The numbers were confirmed by the local authorities of those islands later on Monday. A government source indicated that there were actually 124 who arrived on Lesvos and an additional 25 who made it to the island of Kalymnos.
Although there is a deal between Turkey and the European Union concerning restricting the flow of refugees and migrants into Greece from Turkey, the numbers have increased since the coup on July 15, 2016. When migrants and refugees arrive at the Greek islands, they are typically not allowed to move on from those islands until their asylum applications are processed. Overall, morale in the camps has been low as people experience wait times that are longer than they anticipated. There are over 57,000 migrants and refugees living in makeshift and state run camps throughout Greece.
The number of refugees who have arrived in Greece in 2016 is down overall from 2015. The border closures in the northern Greece as well as the Turkey/EU deal are credited for keeping the numbers down. Now that more have been arriving from Turkey, it has raised concerns that the Turkey/EU deal is breaking down and that Turkey isn’t upholding their part of the bargain. However, time will tell if this is actually the case.
The Greek government has said that there are around 2000 refugees and migrants whose asylum applications have been processed and who are waiting for other European countries to assist in relocating them outside of Greece. Greece has urged the other countries that they need to do their part, as well.