Greek islanders protest migrant overcrowding in Athens
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Greek islanders protest migrant overcrowding in Athens

Greek islanders protested Tuesday in Athens outside Greece's ministry for migration over the increasingly precarious, overcrowded conditions faced by newly arriving migrants and refugees. The mayors of the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos, along with dozens of residents, traveled to the mainland to demand the government take measures to reduce overcrowding.

"There are large numbers of people who are living in inhumane conditions, in appalling conditions, dangerous conditions, and at the same time the social cohesion on our islands is in danger," Lesbos Mayor Spyros Galinos said, explaining why he wants the number of migrants on his island reduced.

Under a European Union-Turkey deal reached last year to reduce the number of migrants coming in, those arriving on Greek islands from the Turkish coast are held in camps on the islands and face deportation back to Turkey unless they successfully apply for asylum in Greece.

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