Z.The Greek authorities want to bring hundreds of refugees from the crowded Moria camp on the Aegean island of Lesbos to the mainland to protect themselves against the corona virus. Two groups of 142 and 250 “vulnerable” asylum seekers were due to leave the island on ferries on Sunday, the police said.
It is the first time since the nationwide exit restrictions in Greece began on March 23 that the authorities moved residents of the notoriously overcrowded camp back to the mainland. The corona restrictions should be relaxed from Monday. Most recently, on March 20, hundreds of elderly and sick refugees and their relatives were relocated from the camps in the Aegean Islands.
The situation in the refugee camps on the islands is considered catastrophic: almost 37,000 people live there in camps that are actually only designed for a little more than 6,000 people. Moria alone is home to 19,300 asylum seekers, more than six times as many as planned.
So far, no corona infections have been reported in the camps, but the fear of spreading is growing. In contrast, more than 150 refugees have already tested positive on the mainland.