LESBOS ISLAND : Greece hopeful of end to Lesbos migrant crisis within a week.

Greece said on Sunday it hoped thousands of asylum seekers LEFT HOMELESS by fires in Europe's largest migrant camp could be rehoused within a week to end the crisis that has seen protesters clash with police.

Asylum seekers - including the elderly and very young children - have been sleeping rough on Lesbos island since Wednesday, when some 11,000 fled the overcrowded Moria after it was gutted in apparent arson attacks.

Clashes occurred on Saturday after hundreds of migrants staged a generally peaceful demonstration. Some young men started throwing stones at riot police who responded with tear gas.

Migrants demonstrated again peacefully on Sunday morning, a reporter said.

Authorities have now set up a new 3,000 capacity camp at Kara Tepe, a few kilometres [miles] from the destroyed Morio camp, regularly criticised by the UN and the rights groups for overcrowding and dismal sanitary conditions.

''This is a decent provisional structure that will give us the chance to handle the situation until the next stage,'' Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said. A new permanent and reception and registration centres for asylum seekers would avoid ''the problems of Moria,'' he added.

Migration Ministry officials said on Saturday that the plan was to eventually provide tents to all the homeless and accelerate the asylum procedure, with minister Notis Mitarachi saying it would take ''five days'' to get everyone inside. [AFP]


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