Arrivals of irregular migrants via Greece’s land border with Turkey doubled on Tuesday, Kathimerini reports, with police intercepting more than 400 people in the border areas of Tychero and Ferres within 24 hours.
A significantly greater influx than the previous few days, border guards typically stop between 200 and 250 asylum seekers daily.
Reports that “a number of migrants moving to the Turkish coast, opposite Mytilene, Kos, Farmakonisi and elsewhere” have caused concern to the Greek Coast Guard, yet officials revealed to the daily that “they have been on alert for the past two days.”
Meanwhile, there are reports that large groups of migrants, numbering between 500 and 1,000, are heading toward Turkey’s Aegean coastline.
However, aircraft monitoring Turkish shores as part of an operation by the European Union’s border agency Frontex have not confirmed these reports.