Arrivals of refugees and migrants in the Aegean remain high in October

A total of 1,887 migrant and refugee arrivals were recorded in the northern Aegean islands in the first half of October, with 1,192 arriving on Lesvos, 729 on Chios and 117 on Samos.

According to the interior ministry’s National Coordination Body for Migration, 6,807 persons hosted on Lesvos, 1,867 hosted on Chios and 3,075 migrants and refugees hosted on Samos have applied for asylum but their request is still pending.

Finally, the Turkish Coast Guard said that in the period from 1 to 13 October there were 25 interceptions of dinghies carrying migrants and refugees attempting to reach the Greek islands, in which 907 migrants and refugees were sent back to Turkey.