In this Friday, May 4, 2018 photo migrants and refugees wait outside the European Asylum Support Service offices inside the camp of Moria on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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At the heart of Moria – an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos – is a dark rectangular building ringed with police guards and coils of razor wire.It's one of five Greek islands near the coast of Turkey being used by the European Union to form a barrier to migration after more than a million people came through here in 2015-2016, heading to Western Europe.Currently, asylum-seekers on five Aegean Sea islands – Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos – are banned from traveling on to the Greek mainland as part of the EU's controversial "containment policy".New arrivals on Lesbos and other islands are far outpacing the number of people being transported to the mainland on compassionate grounds or because their asylum applications have been approved.EU countries have accepted 22,000 refugees from Greece since the agreement between the EU and Turkey was reached, while just 2,000 have been deported to Turkey.That failed to offset new arrivals, and more than 16,000 migrants remain on the islands while more than 40,000 are on the mainland.
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