Greece to move 6,000 refugees from island camps to mainland

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Friday, November 16, 2018
Greece to move 6,000 refugees from island camps to mainland

Author: dailysabah.com | 16 November 2018

Children stand behind a fence inside the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos Island on Nov. 8, 2018. (AFP Photo)

Greece is planning to transfers 6,000 refugees from the island camps to the mainland by the end of this year, the country's migration minister said Thursday.

"We plan to transfer 6,000 unprotected asylum-seekers and refugees to the mainland until the end of this year," Dimitris Vitsas told reporters at the capital Athens.

So far in 2018, he said, over 23,000 refugees have been transferred to the mainland due to overcrowding and poor living conditions in the island camps.

Vitsas said that around 28,000 irregular migrants crossed to Greece via the Aegean Sea this year. Read more>>>