More than 250 refugees transferred from Lesvos to Piraeus to relieve pressure on island

More than 250 refugees and migrants of various nationalities that belong to vulnerable groups –families with children, women who are alone, elderly and people with disabilities- boarded a ferry from Lesvos to Piraeus on Wednesday night.

The move was organized by the ministry of migration policy to evacuate as many vulnerable refugees and migrants as possible from the island ahead of winter.

Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), Minister Yiannis Mouzalas said the effort will “intensify” in the coming days.

When they reach Piraeus in the morning, refugees will be transferred by busses rented by UNHCR to accommodation centers supported by the agency in the mainland.

According to information, the government plans to transfer about 3,000 people from Lesvos to the mainland by December 10, while similar actions will also be taken for other islands. About 8,500 refugees and migrants are currently stuck on Lesvos.