The Greek island of Lesbos is “on the verge of explosion” with the arrival of more than 15,000 mainly Syrian asylum seekers pushing local resources to the limit, the immigration minister said. Yiannis Mouzalas said that boats taking asylum seekers to the Greek mainland would soon be using a second port to ease pressure on the island of 85,000 inhabitants.
“Mytilene currently has 15,000 to 17,000 refugees and this is the official figure from all services,” Mr Mouzalas said. “We are placing emphasis here because the situation is on the verge of explosion.” The minister said the second departure point would open at the fishing village of Sygri in coming days. Lesbos is one of several Greek islands struggling with an influx of thousands of migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, setting sail from the nearby Turkish coast. FULL REPORT