EU en­voy to dis­cuss crowded mi­grant cen­ters with may­ors

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Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner for Mi­gra­tion Dim­itris Avramopou­los yes­ter­day ex­pressed con­cern about con­di­tions in which hun­dreds of mi­grants are liv­ing on Aegean is­lands but also praised the Mo­ria cen­ter on Lesvos as “a model set­tle­ment,” adding that plans to re­duce crowd­ing at Greek fa­cil­i­ties would im­prove qual­ity of life and ease ten­sions.

On a visit to Lesvos, Avramopou­los sought to re­as­sure lo­cal author­i­ties and res­i­dents that the sit­u­a­tion on the is­lands is tem­po­rary and called on them to show “tol­er­ance and en­durance.”

He is to meet to­mor­row in Athens with the may­ors of five Aegean is­lands host­ing mi­grants – Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos – to dis­cuss plans to ease crowd­ing at fa­cil­i­ties within the frame­work of a deal be­tween the Euro­pean Union and Tur­key to crack down on hu­man smug­gling via the Aegean.

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