(Lesbos, Greece) – On Thursday, August 4, 2016, about seventy migrants were rescued off the coast of Lesbos. According to Greek authorities, this is the largest number of migrants who have come to Greece from Turkey after the failed coup back on July 15, 2016. The Greek Coast Guard rescued 67 people from a makeshift boat that came from Turkey, will 3 more people were rescued from the water. The Coast Guard also said that the people on the boat were in distress.
This has created some concern that the deal between the EU and Turkey concerning migrants is starting to dissolve. However, Greek authorities have recently assured that this is not the case. Back in 2015, migrants were coming to Greece by the thousands and the numbers have tapered off since the deal was put in place. Most of the migrants have been trying to escape the wars and poor economic conditions in their countries in the Middle East, such as Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Currently, there are over 55,000 migrants who are living in Greece in makeshift and state run camps. Since the Turkey/EU deal was put into place, the number of refugees that have come to Greece have declined.
This isn’t the only rescue the Coast Guard has made recently. On Wednesday, August 3, 2016 about 38 people were rescued from a boat that was located off the coast of the Peloponnese that had a flag that hailed from Sierra Leone. Greece has been struggling to deal with the migrants since they began arriving last year. Currently, they are overhauling their camps to provide better living conditions. The government is even hiring teachers so that refugee children can have a chance to go to school. Meanwhile, morale in the camps is pretty low as they experience long wait times as Greece struggles to process all their asylum applications.