Mi­grants stopped at is­land air­ports

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A rise in the num­ber of un­doc­u­mented mi­grants at­tempt­ing to reach other Euro­pean coun­tries from Greece’s re­gional air­ports has been recorded in re­cent days, po­lice have re­ported.

Au­thor­i­ties made 13 ar­rests in two days at the air­ports of San­torini, Kos and Rhodes in the south­ern Aegean af­ter in­ter­cept­ing trav­el­ers us­ing false doc­u­ments in an at­tempt to reach other coun­tries on the con­ti­nent.

Po­lice say this ac­tiv­ity can be at­trib­uted to the per­cep­tion that there is less se­cu­rity at smaller air­ports and to in­creased tourist traf­fic.

Au­thor­i­ties iden­ti­fied the mi­grants as be­ing from coun­tries in­clud­ing Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Ethiopia and the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries. They were hop­ing to reach coun­tries such as Germany, Italy, France, Bel­gium and Nor­way. The ma­jor­ity are young adults, rang­ing in age from their 20s to mid-30s.

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