eKathimerini — More than 170 migrants reached the shores of Lesvos and Samos in the early hours of New Year’s Day in two boats, according to an official announcement.
The first group arrived at 12.30 a.m. when an inflatable boat carrying 52 people reached the coastline of Mytilene, the main port of Lesvos.
Another 83 migrants arrived at 1.30 a.m. on another inflatable that followed the same route from neighbouring Turkey.
Shortly after midnight, a European Union Frontex patrol boat intercepted another boat east of Samos, with 38 people aboard.
All the migrants were transferred to reception centres on the two islands.