Migration flows have dropped 90 pct, Mitarakis says

The procedures for the conversion of the existing reception and identification centres into closed and controlled facilities on the islands of Lesvos and Chios are underway, the Ministry of Migration and Asylum said in a statement on Thursday.

Referring to the creation of closed-type hosting structures on Lesvos and Chios, Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi said in an interview with the radio station “Skai 100.3 FM”, that they will provide better living conditions and special areas for unaccompanied minors and single parents, while there is provision for a facility to hold people due to be returned.

He also said that the procedures for closed-type facilities in Samos, Kos and Leros are progressing.

Regarding the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Moria, he pointed out that “extensive tests have been carried out next to the patient’s residence and throughout the facility.”

In addition, Mitarachi said that “in July, 564 migrants entered our country, but 1,034 left. Some left to return to their countries of origin, either voluntarily or compulsorily, and some left for European Union countries, in the context of agreements we have made to relocate particularly vulnerable groups.”

Finally, he spoke about the reduction of flows, which exceeded 90 pct in the previous months, and the decongestion of the islands, which has reached 35-40 pct.