Fivefold increase in arrests for illegal entry into Greece


The number of people who have been arrested for illegally entering Greece so far this year is five times higher than in 2014, according to the latest figures published by the police.

The Greek police and coast guard arrested 156,726 people between January and July compared to 32,070 during the same period last year.

The highest annual figure for arrests of migrants and refugees in the last 10 years was in 2008, when 146,337 people were detained during the course of the year.