After the riots and the deadly fire in the refugee camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, 215 people were brought to the mainland. The people - especially families with children and sick people - came aboard a ferry from Lesbos, as the state television (ERT) reported.
Hundreds of other migrants were to be transported in the next few days of Lesbos and other camps of the islands of Samos, Chios, Leros and Kos in the mainland port of Piraeus. In and around the camp of Moria, where there had been heavy riots on Sunday, rested on Tuesday, as Greek media reported consistently.
30,000 people in the islands - asylum applications can only be processed slowly
At present, almost 30,000 people are waiting for the Greek islands in the east of the Aegean Sea. This is the highest number since the entry into force of the EU-Turkey Refugee Pact in March 2016. In April, the number of migrants living on the islands decreased to 14,000. Since then, however, more and more refugees and migrants have arrived. The registration camps there have a capacity of less than 7000 people.
The Refugee Pact between the EU and Turkey stipulates that the EU can send back all refugees and migrants who come to the Greek islands illegally via Turkey. Due to staff shortages, however, the processing of asylum applications is slow in the Greek islands.
In the video: assessments of SPIEGEL editor Steffen Lüdke to the fire in Moria
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