Flow of migrants to Greece slowing down

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Only a few dozen migrants have been registered on the Aegian Islands on Monday, while in the previous months thousands of people arrived each day.

Nobody understands why the exodus into Europe slowed down. Is this a temporary break or a long term trend? (I doubt.)

Spokesperson for the Greek Immigration Department told AFP French news agency on Monday that since the weekend only a few hundred immigrants have arrived in Greece, which he attributed to bad weather and to the fact that the Western Balkan countries and Slovenia have decided to close its borders to economic migrants.

It is also possible that Turkey that is under pressure from the European Union to shut down illegal immigration blocking migrants from leaving Turkey said the spokesperson.

The Greek island of Lesbos, which is the main entry point of illegal immigratns into the European Union received only 42 migrants on Sunday, when a few days ago, more than 2,500 migrants applied for asylum.

Since January this year, about 653 thousand migrants have arrived in Greece, according to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The Western Balkan countries and Slovenia decided last Thursday that only allow migrants from war-torn countries - Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan - to cross their borders.

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