Po­lice de­tain dozens of mi­grants in Samos sweep

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Po­liceyes­ter­day car­ried out a sweep of Samos to round up dozens of mi­grants whose ap­pli­ca­tions for asy­lum have been re­jected for de­por­ta­tion to Turkey, but of­fi­cers strug­gled to lo­cate them all. Au­thor­i­ties de­tained 138 peo­ple though many more are be­lieved to be hid­ing out across the eastern Aegean is­land. Op­po­si­tion is ris­ing on Samos and Chios to the cre­ation of so-called pre­de­par­ture cen­ters to host mi­grants whose asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tions have been re­jected. The sit­u­a­tion is less chaotic on Lesvos, Leros and Kos, which have such cen­ters, though over­crowd­ing re­mains a prob­lem, par­tic­u­larly on Lesvos, which smug­glers have started tar­get­ing again.

Mean­while the Euro­pean Asy­lum Sup­port Of­fice noted a change in the eth­nic makeup of the mi­grants, with only 13 per­cent of those who ap­plied for asy­lum in the first five months of the year be­ing from Syria, com­pared to 25 per­cent in 2015. More than a third of ap­pli­ca­tions this year were made by Afghans.

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