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Greece: Aegean mayors and residents protest Athens' refugee crisis response02:47

Greece: Aegean mayors and residents protest Athens' refugee crisis response

Greece, Athens
December 5, 2017 at 18:03 GMT -00:00 · Published

Mayors and residents of Lesbos, Samos and Chios protested outside the Ministry of Migration in Athens, on Tuesday, over what they claim is limited central government support for the Aegean islands' refugee crisis response.

Protesters called for immediate measures in dealing with the influx of refugees and migrants, with Mayor of Lesbos Spiros Galinos claiming that Athens is turning their islands into “prisons.”

The EU-Turkey deal of March 2016 forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in their place of arrival until their claims are processed.

Greece: Aegean mayors and residents protest Athens' refugee crisis response02:47
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Mayors and residents of Lesbos, Samos and Chios protested outside the Ministry of Migration in Athens, on Tuesday, over what they claim is limited central government support for the Aegean islands' refugee crisis response.

Protesters called for immediate measures in dealing with the influx of refugees and migrants, with Mayor of Lesbos Spiros Galinos claiming that Athens is turning their islands into “prisons.”

The EU-Turkey deal of March 2016 forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in their place of arrival until their claims are processed.

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