Greek coastguard and Frontex stop 234 migrants in the Aegean

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Greek coastguard and Frontex stop 234 migrants in the Aegean

Author: Benjamin Bathke | infomigrants.net | 5 June 2019

Turkish and Greek coast guards patrol the Aegean Sea

The migrants were trying to get from Turkey to EU country Greece, which has seen a large number of arrivals recently. Boats continue to arrive despite the pact between the EU and Turkey, which allows Greece to sent rejected asylum seekers back to Turkey.

The Greek coastguard and the European border management agency Frontex said on Monday that they had intercepted boats with 234 migrants over the weekend.

Frontex stopped 118 migrants and detained the crew of several vessels off the islands of Lesbos and Agathonisi. The Greek coastguard found another 116 off the port city of Alexandroupoli.

The Greek islands are located just a few kilometers from the Turkish coast. They have seen a large number of migrant arrivals recently. 

In late May, the Greek coastguard reported it picked up around 150 migrants in the Aegean Sea in three separate incidents.  Read more>>>