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Concern on islands as hundreds reach Lesvos

TANIA GEORGIOPOULOU

TAGS: Migration, Turkey

Authorities on the Aegean islands were on standby on Wednesday after nearly 300 migrants reached Lesvos on eight boats following several days without new arrivals from neighboring Turkey. 

Apart from the 295 people who landed on Lesvos, another 50 migrants arrived on Kos. 

Sources at the Citizens’ Protection Ministry expressed concern about the spike in arrivals, noting that no boats reached the islands on Monday, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was meeting with European Union leaders in Varna, Bulgaria, for talks that touched on an EU-Turkey migration pact signed in March 2016. 

The diplomatic stance struck by Erdogan in Varna was in sharp contrast to a string of threats and hostile language against Greece last week.

Ministry sources said the next few days would indicate whether the increase in arrivals represents a new trend or not.

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