In the midst of Europe’s refugee crisis, the Greek Island of Lesbos has become swamped with foreigners from the Middle East and Central Asia. The island, which is home to 85,000 permanent residents, now houses 25,000 refugees, with many more arriving every day. The Greek Immigration Ministry has since claimed that the situation on the island is “on the verge of explosion” as it struggles to deal with the population influx.
Many of the refugees arrived on inflatable rafts from Turkey, and intend to travel by ferry to mainland Europe. As they wait to attain emigration documents from the local police, tensions are rising between different ethnic groups. The Afghans have accused the Syrian refugees of receiving preferential treatment, and several fights have been reported between them. The German television station RTL recently attained some footage from the island, which reveals what life is like for local residents since the refugees arrived.
On Monday, the police on Lesbos clashed with 2,500 refugees that rushed towards a government chartered ferry to Athens. The mayor Mytilene, the largest town on Lesbos, has since asked for more help from the EU. “This is a ticking time bomb that will go off soon…We have managed to avert some catastrophes, but we need help, more ferries. This island is so small, we can’t solve a worldwide humanitarian crisis by ourselves. The European Union needs to act.”
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