Migrants fleeing Syria and Afghanistan have turned the Aegean Island of Kos into a “disgusting hellhole,” according to Britain’s Daily Mail online edition.
Known for cheap package deals, Kos has witnessed an influx of migrants reaching its shores from Turkey this year.
According to recent data released by the Hellenic Coast Guard, migrants arriving at eastern Aegean Sea islands had tripled in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year.
With Greece and Italy being the first stop for migrants seeking to reach Europe, the European Commission has tabled a proposal for moving 40,000 refugees to other countries, a measure expected to spark tension among EU governments.
According to the British daily, families enjoying the half term break with their children “relax on sun loungers on the beach, just a yards away scores of migrants have set up camp, sleeping on cardboard boxes with rubbish strewn everywhere.”
Migrant families had taken over a derelict hotel and use water from a hose on the street, the newspaper reported.
“We won’t be coming back if it’s like a refugee camp again next year,” a British couple on holiday with their grandchildren from Birmingham told the newspaper.