2021 saw fewer migrants reach Greek islands, UN data shows

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The number of refugees and migrants arriving on Greece’s East Aegean islands in 2021 hit its lowest level since the start of the refugee crisis in the Aegean some nine years ago. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Thursday, 4,109 people crossed from Turkey to the Greek islands last year. This compares to 9,714 the year before and just under 60,000 in 2019. At the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, 856,723 people crossed. The Greek coastguard has been controlling the sea border with Turkey very strictly since 2019. Human rights organizations complain that there are illegal pushbac…

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