Despite deal, refugees still trickling into Greece

Despite deal, refugees still trickling into Greece

Despite reduced flows from Turkey, authorities say that roughly 100 refugees are still arriving daily on the Greek islands, adding to the thousands of migrants scattered in registration and reception centers throughout the country.

Nonetheless, the latest figures still indicate a drop in arrivals compared to the period before the EU-Ankara agreement signed last month to contain the number of refugees crossing over to Greece.

According to the latest official figures, there are 53,817 migrants throughout the country: 29,298 are at camps and centers in northern Greece, while in Attica there are 14,359, of which 3,294 are at the port of Piraeus.

Authorities estimate that it will take more than a month to process all the asylum applications submitted. This means that thousands will remain in camps and centers for the foreseeable future, sparking growing concerns of a rift among refugees along ethnic lines – underscored by the recent clashes between Syrians and Afghans at Piraeus.

The Afghans have repeatedly protested what they say is preferential treatment given to Syrians.

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