Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, October 1, 2019 | Photo: picture-alliance/AP
Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, October 1, 2019 | Photo: picture-alliance/AP

About 700 refugees are to be moved from the Aegean island of Lesbos to the Greek mainland on Monday. The move comes roughly three weeks after the complete destruction of the Moria camp during a fire.

The Greek national broadcaster ERT specified that the refugees being moved to the Greek mainland have all previously succeeded with their asylum applications.

They are scheduled to board a ferry on Monday evening and allocated accommodation on the mainland after arrival.

Later in the week and early next week, another 2,300 persons are expected to also be moved to the Greek mainland having been granted refugee protection status.

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Authorities hope that with a total of 3,000 refugees to be moved from Lesbos, there will be some relief at Kara Tepe migrant camp — which was hastily erected following the fire at Moria earlier in September.

Greece has been transferring a growing number of refugees and migrants from the islands to the mainland in recent months; however, with new arrivals continuing, the number of asylum seekers on the Greek islands remains high.

with dpa

 

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