The recent spike in refugee arrivals on the island of Lesvos have prompted UNHCR Representative to Greece, Philippe Leclerc, to visit the island on Friday given the worsening of the condition on the island and especially in the Moria camp.

Leclerc met with the local authorities and participated in a meeting, chaired by northern Aegean regional governor, with the island’s mayors and presidents of the communities of Moria and observed the accommodation conditions of refugees.

Greek news agency ANA caught up with Leclerc and discussed the current situation. “We are concerned over the situation in Moria. We do not believe that solutions can be found automatically or easily.”

“The UNHCR wants to be part of the solutions in order to facilitate those solutions,” he added.

“One of the first emergencies is the transfer of 1,400 people from Lesvos to Nea Kavala. As UNHCR, we helped the transport of these people but also provided 200 tents for people to stay in New Kavala temporarily,” said Leclerc, who also referred to further solutions that may be necessary.


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