Number of refugee arrivals in Lesvos in spring could exceed 2015 numbers

11 January 2016
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The number of refugees and migrants that authorities on Lesvos will have to manage this spring are likely to be so high that those recorded in 2015 may appear small in comparison, a source from the island’s police department told ANA-MPA on Monday.

“The numbers [of arrivals] we will be called to manage may be small compared to those of 2015,” the police source said responding to a question on the increased number of people recorded in Lesvos’ identification centers in the last few days. “It seems that our Turkish neighbors, despite the pressure they are under, do not want or cannot control their compatriot traffickers who naturally make huge profits for the Turkish economy through the management of so many people,” he added.

According to data from Moria’s identification and registration center, 1,600 people arrived at the island from Sunday morning until Monday morning, while last Saturday and Friday the numbers climbed to 2,000 migrants per day.

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