MEDITERRANEAN: A call for emergency ferry transportation and better basic humanitarian assistance

17 August 2015
MEDITERRANEAN: A call for emergency ferry transportation and better basic humanitarian assistance  

Joint Lesvos-based NGO Press Release

Mytilini, Lesvos Island, Greece, 14th August 2015

We urge the EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos to organise immediately emergency funding from European Union sources to help process and care for the hundreds of migrants and refugees who are arriving on the Aegean Islands each day.

This care would include 

Refugees queuing in front of a travel agency at 11 P.M.

1) A dedicated ferry to take only refugees & migrants from Mytilini to Athens not later than 17th August 2015. 

2) Improved co-ordination and provision of good quality tents, blankets, food and  drinking water within the grounds of the Moria reception centre, the Mytilini port area and the locally initiated Kara Tepe camp. 

Additional informational

On 13th August 2014, Christian Peacemaker Teams met and discussed with Mr. Spiros Galinos, the Major of Lesvos Island about the inadequate conditions of the registration and reception centre conditions and the difficulties of migrants and refugees wanting to leave the island. 

Knowing that the situation around the public holiday on the 15th August, would be difficult, the mayor requested 2 weeks ago that an additional ferry be made available. As of 12 noon on the 13 August 2015 he informed us he had still not received a positive response to his request. 

Blue Star & Hellenic Seaways, are the two main ferry companies operating from the island who typically sell between 500 to 1000 tickets to refugees and migrants every day. However, due to the increased numbers of tourists travelling, there have not been enough tickets available for migrants and refugees. 

According to the Mytilini Port Police on 12 August, the number of migrants and refugees who had already arrived on island and registered by 5:00 p.m. was just over 1500 with up to 2000 expected within the twenty-four hour period.

Where appropriate there are many Non-Governmental Organisations on the Island of Lesvos willing to assist the Greek authorities. 

For further information please contact:

CPT: Christopher Hatton/Ramyar Hassani  on  +30 6949847744 or


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