More mi­grants on the is­lands

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The num­ber of mi­grants and refugees trapped in re­cep­tion cen­ters on the Aegean is­lands due to de­lays in asy­lum-pro­cess­ing pro­ce­dures and con­stant new ar­rivals has nudged up to the 10,000 mark, of­fi­cial data showed.

Ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment fig­ures, a to­tal of 9,924 mi­grants are in cen­ters on the the is­lands of the eastern Aegean.

On Lesvos, which re­mains on the front line of the mi­gra­tion cri­sis, there are 4,310, most stay­ing at the Mo­ria camp, where ten­sions have been run­ning high in re­cent weeks be­cause of cramped and poor con­di­tions at the fa­cil­ity. On Chios, there are 1,950 mi­grants, on Samos 2,242 and on Kos 1,783.

In to­tal, the of­fi­cial count puts 9,924 mi­grants in so-called hot spots on the Aegean is­lands. How­ever, at least another 5,000 are be­lieved to be liv­ing on the is­lands, some sleep­ing rough on squares and on beaches, oth­ers in oc­cu­pied build­ings.

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