Author: Levani Talakhadze | hias.org | 13 November 2019
The Greek island of Lesvos has been at the center of Mediterranean refugee flows for the last five years. In 2015 and 2016, hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers arrived on the island. The number of arrivals dropped in 2017 and 2018, but this year there has been a notable increase in Lesvos, with more than 19,000 people arriving in the first ten months of 2019.
Today, the vast majority of nearly 18,000 refugees present on the island live in the Moria Refugee Camp. The camp’s official capacity is 2,840 individuals, however this year, the population has swelled to nearly 15,000 (14,739 as of November 2019). Read more>>>