KARA TEPE, Greece — The process of decongesting Lesvos of migrants, announced by the migration and asylum ministry, will begin on Monday with the transfer of 700 refugees and asylum seekers for whom geographical restrictions have been suspended.
Their transfer from the Kara Tepe camp in Mytilene will be completed at 17:00, when the ship "Chios Island", which they are now boarding, sets sail from the island's port.
Another 700 people are expected to leave Mytilene next Thursday, October 1.
The goal of the migration and asylum ministry is to move a total of 2,500 people from Lesvos by the end of next week.
Those being transferred off the island will live in facilities operated by the HELIOS programme, in cooperation with the Greek government and the International Organisation for Migration.