Migrant crisis spreads to Greek isles

Tourists pass by a Syrian refugee sleeping on a bench at the coast of Kos island, near the sea border with Turkey, Greece, 04 May 2015. According to the Greek coast guard, the number of undocumented migrants entering Greece by sea reached 10,445 people in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 2,863 people for the same period last year. In March, 6,498 migrants managed to reach the shores of Greece's eastern Aegean islands alone, with Lesvos, Chios, Leros and Samos being their main destinations.

Greece appears set for a summer of migrant chaos


With soaring numbers of people arriving by boat at southern Aegean islands where tourist bookings and ill-equipped authorities could soon lead to an accommodation crisis.

During the first four months of the year nearly 27,000 migrants and asylum seekers arrived in Greece, according to police figures, compared to 5,100 during the same period last year.

Nearly half of them - 13,500 - entered in April alone, most after boarding smugglers’ boats in Turkey and heading for some of the many...


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