Greece to set up refugee hotspots on five islands

Greece will accept EU assistance in monitoring its Aegean Sea borders and processing Middle Eastern refugees.

Greece to accept EU border control.

Greece to accept EU border control. Image by Dalibor Tomic / CC BY 2.0

On Greece’s request, EU’s Frontex agency will send border patrols and emergency workers to the Aegean islands as well as the northern border with Macedonia. The decision came after recent calls from some EU member countries to suspend Greece from the Schengen passport-free travel zone because of the lack of protection of its external borders. The Greek government has also passed an emergency law to allow setting up refugee screening centres on five islands (Chios, Kos, Leros, Lesvos and Samos), where new asylum seekers will be registered. Read more:  and

Places from this story

Recent stories


16 unique things to do in Hanoi

9 min readPublished about 8 hours ago
JANUARY 21, 2018: People eating at a street café in the old quarter of Hanoi.

10 must-do things on your trip to Milwaukee

5 min readPublished about 22 hours ago
Downtown Milwaukee skyline with the Milwaukee Art Museum on the right.
Destination Practicalities

Do you need a visa to go to Turkey?

2 min readPublished about 23 hours ago
Kaputas Beach Turkey Mediterranean Sea

10 unmissable places to visit in Wales

5 min readPublished about 23 hours ago
Pobbles Bay beach at the Three Cliffs Bay.

Related content