Graphics from the UNHCR showing the capacity and occupancy rates at sites for refugees across Greece (top) and the number of people known to have died or gone missing this year, as of August 31, in comparison to 2015
According to the latest figures from the UNHCR, there are now 59,569 refugees and migrants on Greek territory.
The figures also show the following numbers of people on the islands versus the capacity of the facilities available.
Lesbos: 5,388 people versus facilities with a capacity for 3,500.
Chios: 3,316 people versus facilities with a capacity for 1,100.
Samos: 1,351 people versus facilities with a capacity for 850.
Ekathimerini, a daily Greek newspaper which is sold with the International Herald Tribune, in Greece reports:
A year after the European Union launched its refugee sharing plan so member countries could help overwhelmed Greece and Italy less than five percent of the migrants have been relocated.
European Commission figures show that only 4,473 asylum seekers were relocated as of September 1.
The plan is a cornerstone of the EU’s strategy to deal with more than one million people who entered Europe last year in search of sanctuary or jobs. It commits countries to relocate 160,000 refugees from Greece, Italy or any other member state deemed unable to cope by September 2017.
EU Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Monday that, despite the slow pace, “what we are doing is not insignificant.”