A sharp increase of 33% in the flow of immigrants arriving from Turkey has been confirmed by the Greek immigration minister, Mr Dimitris Voutsis.

These numbers are cause for concern for the Greek government, as they were recorded during winter, where the adverse weather conditions across the Aegean sea may have prevented the arrival of a significant number of migrants.

The Greek minister assumes that immigration is used as a means of pressure from Turkey against Greece and the rest of the EU.