Number of refugees, migrants in Moria falls below 5,000 for first time in four months

The number of refugees and migrants living at the reception and registration center in Moria, on the island of Lesvos, fell below 5,000 for the first time in four months, the center’s authorities said on Wednesday.

According to the newest figures, the center houses 4,996 people, after a decline in refugee arrivals (only 531 in January) and the departures of vulnerable refugees from Lesvos. On Tuesday, 376 people left the island for the mainland where they will be hosted in accommodation around the country.

The reduction in the number of people housed in Moria has improved the situation in the camp. Out of 450 tents set up in the camp, now less than 80 remain, according to the management of the reception center. Authorities are hoping no refugees or migrants will live in tents in the coming days.

At the same time, 1,095 people are living at the makeshift camp of Kara Tepe. Lesvos, in total, is hosting 6,964 people, when on Jan. 1 the number exceeded 8,200.