A refugee woman carries her belongings as she disembarks from the Nissos Rodos ferryboat at the Greek capital's port of Piraeus yesterday morning. A total of 462 refugees were transferred from the Moria Reception and Identification Center on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos Tuesday as part of ongoing efforts to relieve overcrowding and improve living conditions at the camp.
Around 50 percent of the refugees and migrants crammed into the notorious Moria reception and processing center on the Aegean island of Lesvos are women and children who need to be transferred to more suitable facilities, Elias Pavlopoulos, the general director of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Greece, said on Thursday.
The migrant reception center at Moria on Lesvos is at its limits, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos conceded on Tuesday in a briefing to journalists.
Responding to a question about the situation on the island, which remains a key destination for smuggling boats from Turkey, Tzanakopoulos said there are around 9,000 migrants living in the overcrowded Moria center.
A day after regional authorities threatened to close down the overcrowded and unsanitary Moria reception center for migrants on Lesvos, employees have stepped up protests over conditions at the facility.
Giorgos Matthaiou, who is vice president of the national union of reception center workers, told reporters that a rally outside the Moria center on Monday was "a warning protest."