Migrant flows to east Aegean islands spike

[Emre Tazegul/AP]

The Hellenic Coast Guard has been placed on alert due to a dramatic spike in migrant movements from Turkey to Greece's eastern Aegean islands in recent days.

Such was the concern that a decision was made to dispatch the chief of the coast guard, Giorgos Alexandrakis, to Mytilene on Lesvos to closely coordinate the response and provide support to corps personnel stationed on the island.

The rise in migratory pressure began on Friday and continued over the weekend due to severe weather conditions in the eastern Aegean. According to fully confirmed information received by Kathimerini, a total of 18 incidents were reported between Friday and Monday morning, with the majority occurring on Lesvos and, secondly, Kos. This is a much higher number than in prior days, which has alarmed the coast guard and the Maritime Affairs Ministry. Alexandrakis' visit to Mytilene on Sunday...

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