European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos is to visit the island of Lesvos on Wednesday to examine the problems that have arisen there and on other islands in the eastern Aegean as a result of the EU-Turkey agreement. More than 10,000 refugees and migrants are currently trapped on the eastern Aegean islands, waiting for their asylum applications to be processed, through the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal.
Avramopoulos is expected to arrive in the island’s main town of Mytilene by helicopter, accompanied by Greek Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas, a senior European Commission official in charge of humanitarian crises and Maarten Verwey, coordinator for implementing the EU-Turkey statement. Also on board the helicopter will be Lesvos Mayor Spiros Galinos and his Samos counterpart Michalis Angelopoulos, who were both in Athens. Chios Mayor Manolis Vournous is also expected on the island.
During his visit, Avramopoulos will visit the the hotspot in Moria and the Kara Tepe camp and then take part in a meeting with the mayors followed by statements before his departure for Athens.