Greece fears new surge in migrant inflows, asks Frontex for more help

Greek authorities are concerned over a possible spike in migrant inflows after a third boat arrived on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos since the beginning of May on Sunday, with 36 people on board from Afghanistan and African countries. The migrants were transferred to a makeshift structure in Megala Therma for 14 days of quarantine, Ekathimerini reported.

Before Sunday, 51 migrants had arrived on the island on 6 May and four days later another 19 reached its shores.

Fearing a new surge in arrivals, police and the coast guard have submitted a joint request to the European Union’s border protection agency, Frontex, for the extension for another month of the deployment of the Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABIT) that arrived in the Aegean and the Evros land border region in early March. The agency official response is expected in the coming days; however, according to reports, Frontex has informally approved the request.

More on this subject: Coronavirus

Similar articles

  • Spain plans to hike taxes to soften coronavirus crisis impact

    Spain plans to hike taxes to soften coronavirus crisis impact

    Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday that fiscal reform was needed if Spain was to deal with the economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. He hinted that tax hikes, notably for larger companies, seems inevitable. The PM also pledged €9bn for Spain's regions to reinforce the public health system, which was stretched to the maximum by the epidemic.

    8
  • French PM resigns, Macron builds new team

    French PM resigns, Macron builds new team

    French PM Edouard Philippe resigned on Friday after heading President Emmanuel Macron's government for three years, news wires reported.  Philippe met the president and they agreed the government would resign, Philippe is considered more popular than the president. Macron promised a "new path" in an interview published on Friday.

    9
  • Croatia heads for tight polls amid ongoing pandemic

    Croatia heads for tight polls amid ongoing pandemic

    Croatians will go to polls on Sunday to elects new parliament amid rising coronavirus cases, which is putting further pressure on ruling conservatives facing stiff opposition by their traditional centre-left rivals and a new nationalist party, which at the end could become kingmaker, news wires reported. Polls put the two biggest political parties neck-to-neck.

    10