So many illegal immigrants fleeing hotspots in Syria and Afghanistan have landed on the Greek island of Kos near Turkey that it has become a “hellhole” for tourists, Britain’s Daily Mail said.
Kos is known for cheap package deals drawing foreign tourists but they’ve been subjected to the sight of migrants wandering around and even taking over an abandoned hotel, the paper said.
Greece has been complaining that the European Union has not put up enough money or help to deal with endless waves of immigrants fleeing civil wars and jihadists, and municipalities on islands – many near Turkey – said they’ve been overrun and don’t have the money to deal with the problem.
The Greek Coast Guard said the number of migrants arriving at eastern Aegean Sea islands tripled in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year.
With Greece and Italy being the first stop for migrants seeking to reach Europe, the European Commission has tabled a proposal for moving 40,000 refugees to other countries, a measure expected to spark tension among EU governments.
According to the British daily, families on Kos “relax on sun loungers on the beach, just a yards away scores of migrants have set up camp, sleeping on cardboard boxes with rubbish strewn everywhere.”
Migrant families had taken over a derelict hotel and use water from a hose on the street, the newspaper reported.
“We won’t be coming back if it’s like a refugee camp again next year,” a British couple on holiday with their grandchildren from Birmingham told the newspaper.