In­flux through Evros tripled last year, min­is­ter says

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A to­tal of 47,929 un­doc­u­mented mi­grants trav­eled to Greece in 2018 and 6,558 left the coun­try dur­ing the same pe­riod, Mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Dim­itris Vit­sas told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, not­ing that the in­flux over the Greek-Turk­ish land bor­der al­most tripled. The min­istry’s pri­or­i­ties this year are to re­duce in­flows, more fairly dis­trib­ute mi­grants across Europe and ease the bur­den on the Aegean is­lands, he said. Cur­rently there are more than 70,000 mi­grants and refugees in Greece, Vit­sas said, not­ing that just over 11,000 are in re­cep­tion cen­ters on five east­ern Aegean is­lands. Of the 47,929 who ar­rived in Greece last year, 32,115 came by sea from Turkey while an­other 15,814 crossed the land bor­der through Evros. The in­crease in Aegean ar­rivals was 10 per­cent, com­pared with a huge rise of 284 per­cent in ar­rivals over the Greek-Turk­ish land bor­der, he said.

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