Migrant and refugee arrivals at the northern Aegean islands on the rise

A total of 1,968 migrants and refugees arrived at the northern Aegean islands in March, Greek authorities announced on Monday. Of these, 1369 persons arrived on Lesvos, 541 on Samos and 58 on Chios.

The number of migrants and refugees that had arrived on the islands in February was 997 and in January 1,504.

According to Turkish Coast Guard’s website, in March it intervened in 34 incidents within Turkish territorial waters and sent 1,409 migrants and refugees back to Turkey.

Two more boatloads arrived on the island of Samos between the morning of April 1 and Monday morning, one with 84 people on board on Sunday and a second boat with 60 passengers on Monday that is being towed to the island. There were no arrivals on Lesvos and Chios.