Island mayors call on Tsipras to relieve pressure from migration

The mayors of the three islands mostly affected by migration – Lesvos, Samos and Chios – called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to take measures that will decongest them, during a meeting in Athens on Tuesday.

Following talks, the three local officials said Tsipras was informed about the problems they are facing and agreed on the need to act. Lesvos mayor Spyros Galinos said they asked the prime minister to find a solution as soon as possible, noting that “we were in complete agreement.”

“Lesvos is now in a state of emergency, we cannot keep talking about the [EU-Turkey] deal,” he added.
On the same issue, Chios mayor Manolis Vournous acknowledged that some changes in the deal, such as the returns to Turkey, require time to be carried out, but added that the islands cannot wait. “We have exceeded every tolerable situation both for the local community and the refugees,” he said.

“We are here to demand the self-evident -that is, the decongestion [of the islands] and based on what we discussed, it will happen,” Samos mayor Mihalis Angelopoulos said.