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Bad Winter Weather Not Keeping Refugees from Greece

January 3, 2019

Even the onset of winter hasn’t kept refugees and migrants from making perilous journeys to get to Greece by water or land, with another 75 hitting the island of Farmakonisi on New Year’s Eve, and more over the first few days of the new year.

Housing more than 15,000 in detention centers and camps on islands near Turkey, which has let human traffickers operate during a suspended swap deal with the European Union, Greece continues to be overrun at the same time human rights groups and activists All 75 migrants were transferred to nearby Leros for identification but over the next couple of days another 55 reached Lesbos and Chios, although the numbers have dropped markedly over the last couple of years.

“Migrant flows may have reduced due to the weather but they haven’t stopped,” Samos Mayor Michalis Angelopoulos said, noting that 1,080 people arrived in December.

The ruling Radical Left SYRIZA-led coalition government has pledged to close the island’s overcrowded reception center by mid-February but has missed previous self-set deadlines with island officials and residents still asking for more refugees and migrants to be taken to mainland camps instead.

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