Migrants keep coming despite bad weather


More than 2,500 refugees arrived in Athens on Saturday from Lesvos as authorities on the eastern Aegean island stepped up efforts to deal with an influx of migrants from neighboring Turkey.

A total of 2,528 refugees landed in Piraeus aboard two ferries on Saturday before making their way to Athens. Despite an initiative by municipal authorities to host the migrants in temporary centers most new arrivals prefer to camp out at the capital’s squares before continuing their journey.

Bad weather at the end of last week did not deter smuggling boats from bringing scores of migrants to Lesvos and other islands from neighboring Turkey, fuelling fears of a new wave of drownings.