Almost 40,000 Illegal Immigrants Have Crossed Into Greece Since January

The illegal immigration from Turkey to the Greek islands of the eastern Aegean continued unabated this week, with 694 people arriving on the shores of Lesvos, Samos and Chios between early Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

According to data from the European border agency Frontex, in August there were nearly 9,300 detections of illegal migrants reaching Greece, accounting for nearly three-quarters of the total number reaching Europe.

In the first eight months of this year, the total number of detections in this region was up ten percent from one year ago, representing more than 38,300 migrants.

Afghans have accounted for two of every five migrants detected along this route, according to the Frontex data.

Currently 26,600 people are housed in migrant camps on the Greek islands. Lesvos Island, which hosts the lion’s share of them, has received 2,427 individuals since the beginning of September, swelling the numbers at the Moria reception center to over 10,751 people.

Another 3,156 illegal immigrants are currently staying on the island of Chios and 4,941 are on Samos.


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