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Number of Migrants Trapped on Aegean Islands Increases

Immigrants lean on the fences during an unrest inside Pagani detention centre, in the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, near the sea border line with Turkey October 19, 2009. PHOTO: John Kolesidis/Reuters/File

26 June 2017

EKATHIMERINI — The number of migrants trapped on the islands of the eastern Aegean continues to grow as more people are attempting the crossing from Turkey as the weather improves.

A total of 3,873 migrants are on currently on Lesvos with another 3,847 on Chios and 1,939 on Samos, according to police figures made public on Monday.

In total there are 9,548 migrants on those islands compared to 8,892 a month ago. In May Chios was shouldering most of the burden, hosting 3,889 migrants compared to 3,083 people on Lesvos.

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