Picking up where 2019 left off, the first day of 2020 saw another 123 refugees and migrants land on the already overwhelmed of Lesbos from Turkey, where human traffickers are being allowed to operate during a suspended 2016 swap deal with the European Union.
The tally was given by the North Aegean Police Directorate which said 134 had arrived on the last day of the previous year, continuing to swell numbers on the island where the notorious Moria detention camp is holding 20,000 in a facility built for 2,000.
The overflow has spread outside to tents and wherever people can find a place to sleep, without electricity and as island officials keep pleading with the government for more assistance and as the European Union has done little to aid them.
According to the police, the number of migrants arriving in Greece in December totaled 5,247, with 3,681 of these reaching Lesbos, 688 arriving at Chios and 878 in Samos, said Kathimerini in a report.
Some 200 Afghani asylum seekers blocked the main road leading from the entrance of the Moria camp to the community of Larsos on Dec. 30, demanding electricity and heating as the New Democracy government has been slow to move 20,000 from islands to the mainland, where there’s resistance from locals.