Police efforts are underway to deal with a group of rogue Afghans - individuals whose asylum requests have been denied - who are spreading alarmist rumours and discouraging the former residents of the fire-stricken Moria camp from entering the new facility set up at Kara Tepe in Mytilene.
The specific group, in the belief that this will enable them to leave the island with the others and not be deported, is spreading false rumours among the thousands left without shelter that there will be a mass departure of asylum seekers from the island of Lesvos, provided that they stay where they are, camped out on the roadway, and don't enter the new camp.
In the meantime, The migration ministry is trying to persuade the migrants and refugees living on the streets, in the surrounding areas and even the rooftops and yards of nearby businesses, which have been closed since last Wednesday, to enter the new facility.
The ministry is preparing a leaflet in the main languages used by the migrants and refugees, telling them that the only way to leave the islands is to enter the new facility , to be tested medically and identified. In the meantime, an Asylum Service office has begun operating in the new facility, examining the asylum applications of those that have entered the camp.
Since Saturday, the day the new hosting facility at Kara Tepe was opened, a total of 550 individuals have entered the camp.