27 new illegal immigrants arrive in Lesvos, mostly Africans

A total of 27 immigrants, nine men, nine women and nine children, mostly Africans, were on a boat that arrived on Wednesday morning south of the town of Mytilene on Lesvos island, AMNA reported.

The immigrants are undergoing medical tests by a National Health Organisation team and afterwards they will be sent to Kara Tepe camp and will be placed in a seven-days quarantine, or 14 days if they test positive to coronavirus.

This was the fifth boat with illegal immigrants that arrived in Lesvos in June.

The total number of arrivals in June has increased to 185.

As AMNA highlights, it it worth mentioning that no arrivals have been recorded on the other islands of the northern Aegean since March 2020.

On Monday, a boat with a total of 36 illegal immigrants, including nine men, seven women and twenty children, all reportedly from Syria, crossed into Lesvos, landing on a coast in the Thermi area on Monday morning, as reported by Greek City Times.

One of the 36 illegal immigrants who was rescued, was found to have coronavirus after testing positive in a compulsory test.

Although he was initially tested, which turned out to be negative, he felt unwell yesterday and the second test showed that he was positive.

All 36 illegal immigrants entered the quarantine facility in Megala Therma from the very beginning of their arrival at Lesvos, while a team of Greek authorities are already tracking all the contacts and especially the men at the port who rescued them.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there are approximately 36,900 illegal immigrants on the Aegean islands, with nearly half from Afghanistan. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (49%), Syria (19%) and Somalia (6%).

Of the approximately 36,900 illegal immigrants on the islands, 22% were women and 33% were children, in which 6 out of 10 are younger than 12 years old. Of those children, around 13% were unaccompanied or separated from their parents and were mostly from Afghanistan.

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