Nearly 450 migrants and refugees have reached Greek islands in the northern Aegean in the last three days, bringing the total number of registered arrivals in September to 2,755.
The recent arrivals include 214 persons arriving at the reception centres on Lesvos, 127 persons on Chios, 89 on Samos, while a further 35 people arrived on Thursday morning but have not been registered yet.
The latest spike in arrivals has significantly raised the numbers reaching northern Aegean islands in the first 20 days of September. Namely, without today’s new arrivals, 1,619 people arrived on Lesvos, 405 on Chios 405 and 731 on Samos, for a total of 2,755.
The Turkish Coast Guard announced through its official website that, from September 1 to September 20, it has intervened in 51 cases and turned back 2,132 refugees and migrants who had not yet exited Turkish territorial waters with their plastic dinghies, returning them to the Turkish coast.