Rising tide of illegal immigrants swamp Greek islands

Mytilene (Greece) (AFP) – The Greek island of Lesbos is being flooded by a rising tide of people seeking to illegally migrate to Europe from the nearby Turkish coast on just about anything that will float.

“The situation is no longer manageable,” said International Organization for Migration worker Zoi Livaditou, who each morning takes stock of new groups of immigrants plucked from the Aegean Sea or arriving on the beach after risky night-time crossings.

“We’re averaging around 200 arrivals each day,” Livaditou said, noting that Lesbos’ capital, Mytilene, counts only 36,000 full-time residents.

But with both Mytilene and a recently-opened detention centre now overflowing — and with aid workers unable to give those rescued much more than survival blankets — local officials now see little alternative to letting immigrants continue on their journey to reach Athens.

“We started on foot from Iran,” said a 25-year-old Iran-born Afghan who recently arrived from the Turkish coast, visible to the naked eye from Lesbos…

  • Millie_Woods

    ..to reach Athens”… where the streets are paved with gold. LOL.

    What a mess this is turning into.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    They could settle on that island and become Lesbians.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it ain’t good.

    • lolwut?

      There’s a prison on Lesbos, it would be a nice place for them.

      • J. C.

        Prison Lesbos???

        I think I saw that movie, LOL!!!

  • Oil and beef

    Invaders or settlers, not refugees

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  • barryjr

    They just want to get in on the Greek retirement program.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Greece should use these people as a gun to the heads of the EU officials who refuse to give them more money. Send the refugees elsewhere in violation of the EU “Dublin Agreement” until the EU caves and shovels more cash in lieu of austerity. At least that’s what I would do.