A group of 100 bodies and associations from the island of Chios has launched an appeal at the State Council, calling for a cancellation of the ministerial decision which allowed the creation of temporary accommodation and refugee reception centers on Chios and Samos.

In their appeal, the applicants underline that the hotspot has caused significant financial and personal damages, with the local tourist economy have taken a major hit. Although the hotspot on the island has been set up to accommodate 1,100 people, a total of 2,932 are currently there, meaning that living conditions are appalling.

Furthermore, they stress that public health and safety on the island is at risk, since scuffles frequently break out among the refugees. It is also alleged that criminals on the run pose as refugees in order to find shelter.