Data released by the Greek Defence Ministry’s coordinating body show that the number of refugees and migrants looking to be granted asylum or be deported stands at 62,407.
Various eastern Aegean islands are still facing daily arrivals from Turkey’s western coast as many are still making the perilous journey in unseaworthy vessels. Mytilene is now a temporary home to some 4,725 people. The official state-run facility on the island has a capacity of 3,500. Neighbouring Chios has a facility with a capacity of 1,100 but is currently dealing with some 3,503 cases. Samos, with a capacity of 850, is dealing with 2,414 cases. Kos, recently hit by an earthquake, is dealing with 1,830 people who are living in a facility designed for 1,000. The island of Leros is the exception with 865 people living in a camp for 1,000. In total, some 15,222 are on the Aegean islands.
On the mainland, the vast majority remains in Athens with the number at 7,610. In Central and Northern Greece are dealing with a total of 6,548 cases.