Refugee flows to Greece rise, as 11,000 people trapped on Greek islands

A steady increase in numbers after Turkish coup attempt

Refugee flows into Greece are rising at an alarming rate following the failed coup attempt in Turkey in mid July. According to the official data released by the body responsible for registering arrivals of refugees, there are currently 58,123 hosted in reception camps across the country. The islands of Lesvos, Samos and Chios are bearing the brunt of the inflows as they are closest to the Turkish coast. 261 refugees arrived on the eastern Aegean islands in the past 24 hours. According to United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) data, 1,577 people landed on the islands of the eastern Aegean in the first 17 days of August, while the numbers of refugees and migrants are swelling after the middle of July when the coup attempt in Turkey occurred. A total of 173 refugees and migrants were rescued by the Greek coast guard in the Aegean sea in the past day.