Via Turkish Minute – Thirty Turks have fled to Greece daily since the announcement of snap elections in Turkey on June 24, the Greek Kathimerini newspaper reported.
According to official data cited by the newspaper 7,103 people crossed into Greece at the Evros River border in the first five months of the year, while 9,375 arrived in the Greek islands off the coast of Turkey, bringing the total number of arrivals to 16,478, 6,632 of them in April alone.
Due to the numbers Greece’s Migration Policy Ministry is planning to increase the capacity of refugee and migrant centers on the mainland in order to manage the recent increase in arrivals from Turkey. Kathimerini also said the European Union agrees with the plan.
Since it will add to the cost of running the refugee camps, the government is seeking to reduce overcrowding by investing in diplomacy with Turkey as well as introducing a bill that will speed up the asylum process. The daily food costs are currently 3.5 euros per person according to an official announcement.