Cite as: Simeli, I., Tsagaris, A. and Manitsaris, A., 2016, "Refugee routes and common resource pools in tourism areas: the case of Lesvos Island, Greece". Tourismos, 11(5), pp.153-163.
Lesvos is a Greek island that during 2015 experienced the largest refugee crisis the country has ever witnessed. Refugees arriving to the island in groups totalling over 1.000.000 passed through the island. The current project using a UAV sought to identify the routes of refugees passing through tourism areas of the island and the possible impact these routes had on the development of these areas. Furthermore, the preservation of the common pool resources of these areas is a vital issue for the well being of local communities and the enchancement of their spirit of welcoming the refugees. An automated system used to inform local authorities about areas polluted by the mass movement of people is presented in this paper.