27 undocumented migrants cross from Turkey to Lesvos

27 undocumented migrants cross from Turkey to Lesvos 2

Authorities on the Aegean island of Lesvos have put 27 undocumented migrants who reached the island on Sunday in a dinghy from Turkey, into quarantine.

The boat reached the village of Thermis on the eastern side of the island.

All the migrants are being hosted at a special quarantine facility at the Kara Tepe camp which was set up to prevent a potential outbreak of the coronavirus at the island’s overcrowded reception centre near the village of Moria.

Meanwhile, a floating barrier in the Aegean Sea to prevent refugees reaching Greece’s islands from Turkey, will be installed in the next few weeks.

The 2.7 km project will be made of netting and flashing lights.

According to reports, the barrier will be built north of the island of Lesvos, where migrants often attempt to cross due to the short stretch of water.

Greece’s Defence Ministry had invited private contractors to bid on supplying the long floating fence.

Tens of thousands of undocumented migrants have landed on several eastern Aegean islands since the crisis erupted in 2015, mainly ferried onto Greek territory by migrant-smuggling rings operating from Turkey.

The floating barrier is a part of efforts by the Greek government in dealing with an explosive increase in refugee flows over the summer as the favourable weather sets in.

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