Migrant Crisis 2.0: More than 1,350 migrants land on Greek islands last weekend

Greece’s Coast Guard reported that over 1,350 migrants landed on the country’s various islands in the Aegean Sea over the weekend. The news comes as migrant facilities operating on the Greek islands already face massive overcrowding and growing violence.

According to the Greek Coast Guard, between Friday and Monday morning, 658 migrants were picked up while another 730 migrants succeeded in landing on the shores of one of the Aegean islands not far from Turkey, Courrier International reports.

The announcement comes as groupings of hundreds and hundreds of illegal migrants continue to invade Greek shores, only adding to the migrants who already call the overflowing migrant facilities across the county home.

Currently, close to 90,000 migrants are housed in more than 50 camps located across Greece’s mainland, five Aegean islands, and northern frontiers.

The situation has become so dire at camps located across the Greek Islands, that authorities have begun transporting 20,000 migrants housed at facilities across the islands to camps on the Greek mainland.

News of the arrival of 20,000 additional foreigners  – many of the Muslims – onto the Greek mainland has angered many. To express their discontent, one group which calls itself United Macedonia organized a pork, beer, and wine barbeque outside of camp that houses migrants.

In 2019, 22,000 migrants illegally entered Greece, the highest number of new arrivals since the peak of the migrant crisis in 2015-2016.

The Greek government, who has largely been left to deal with the problem by itself, has called on the European Union to sanction member states like Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic who’ve consistently refused to take in any newly arrived migrants.

The Greek government argues that the Central European policies place an unfair burden on frontline EU states like Greece, Italy, and Spain.

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