Islanders to march on Athens over refugees


Commuters in the Greek capital will be faced with traffic disruptions on Tuesday as islanders and other protesters are expected to hold a rally outside the Migration Policy Ministry in downtown Athens to demand immediate relief for the eastern Aegean islands of Samos, Lesvos and Chios, where facilities for migrants and refugees are overflowing with thousands of stranded asylum seekers.

The demonstration, which is being organized by the municipalities of the three islands, aims to highlight the urgency of the situation, as thousands of asylum seekers have been trapped there for more than a year, testing the endurance of local communities. 

Rights groups have warned of a new humanitarian crisis on the islands as hundreds of migrants are sleeping in tents amid worsening weather conditions.