April 24, 2018

Greek court permitted migrants to travel from islands to mainland

On Wednesday, Greek court gave judgment permitting migrants living on Greek islands to freely travel to the mainland, while their asylum claims are assessed, EUobserver informs. 

In March 2016, asylum seekers were prohibited to leave such Greek islands as Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Leros, Kos and Rhodes based on the EU-Turkey deal concerning the migration to Europe. 

According to Greek authorities, more than 15,000 asylum seekers are living in camps on the islands. 

During the recent weeks, the number of migrants arriving to Greece by sea has increased, although the number of arrivals is much lower than the numbers during the 2015 migration crisis.