Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to be greeted with mass protests when he arrives on the island of Lesbos later tonight.
Locals have rolled out banners, shut shops and held a general strike ahead of the visit over his government’s handling of the migrant crisis.
More than one million migrants have landed on its shores since the start of the migrant crisis, with thousands still living in and around processing centres.
The island’s Mayor, Spyros Galinos, said: “The people of Lesbos are exhausted.
“The rhythm of our lives has been shattered by refugees and migrants who now number a third of our population…fear prevails. Women are afraid to leave their homes at night, children are kept locked up indoors because parents are afraid to let them go out and play. No community would put up with this.”
Immigration Minister Dimitris Vitsas vowed to slash the number of migrants living on the islands from 15,500 to 6,500.
Greece could face a fresh influx of migrants as thousands of people continue to arrive in Turkey, a major crossing point. Crossings between the two countries are already up 17% this year.
The Greek government has been hung out to dry by the EU’s catastrophic approach to the migrant crisis and its mental open border policy. It’s madness. How much longer can this carry on?