1,843 refugees with free movement permits, leave Lesvos

Some 1,843 refugees from the island of Lesvos who were provided with documents of free movement, departed from the island from June 5 to June 25, officials announced on Thursday.

Of those, 56 left for Piraeus on Thursday night. The process will be repeated for more refugees in the next few days.

They are heading to their own destinations, as they are no longer covered by any program or organisation such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

According to the Migration & Asylum Ministry, the number of migrants applying for asylum who live in the Moria hotspot has dropped to 15,691.

The total number of people awaiting decision on the island of Lesvos total 17,806.

As reported by Greek City Times yesterday, Greece’s maritime borders will be monitored 24 hours a day with the installation of a new surveillance system.

The stations will be equipped with thermal cameras with radar and will be able to transmit data in real time.

“In this way, our country is being shielded to a great extent, in its maritime space from all illegal actions against it. At the same time, there is a facilitation in the protection of our maritime borders,” Nikos Spanos, retired lieutenant colonel of the Coast Guard, told Open TV.