Greek authorities rescue 1,624 migrants in three days
Oct.12, Athens: Greek authorities said that they have rescued a total 1,624 refugees and economic migrants in the past three days. They have entered the country in dozens of frail boats from neighboring Turkey.
The coastguard on Monday said that the migrants were picked up at sea in 47 incidents near Greece's eastern Aegean islands of Lesbos, Kos, Chios, Samos, Leros, Agathonissi and Farmakonissi.
Greece is the main entry point to the European Union for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. The vast majority pay criminal gangs to smuggle them to the eastern islands.
The Oslo Times