Refugees in Macedonia

Refugees in the Greek-Macedonian border. Photo: Dragan Tatic.

Greek islands overflowing with migrants amid EU fears Turkey will abandon refugee deal

Greek authorities on several islands in the Aegean Sea are raising the alarm over an increasing influx of refugees from Turkey, which has soared since the failed coup, while the EU fears Turkey will not keep to its promises regarding the refugee deal.

The number of migrants risking the hazardous journey to the islands by water only increased since the 15 June failed coup. Lesbos and other islands that have seen large influxes of refugees, are housing 9,240 migrants as of Saturday, according to Greek government figures cited by the Guardian.

According to the governor of North Aegean, Christiana Kalogirou, there is a “constant and apparently increasing flow” to the islands. Some working with migrants compare the situation now to what it had been before a deal with Turkey had been struck.

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