With the support of EU equipment and personnel, Greece has stepped up its security safeguards since the November 2015 Paris attacks when jihadists killed 130 people in suicide bombing and gun assaults.
Planned in Syria, the attack was later claimed by the Islamic State group. The last surviving assailant went on trial last week in France. Two of the attackers had passed through Leros on fake Syrian passports on October 3, 2015, posing as refugees.
The EU has committed €276 million for new camps with stricter access measures on the five Aegean island. Procedures for relocating asylum seekers who arrive on Greece’s shores to other EU countries have also been upgraded since the height of Europe’s migrant crisis in 2015.
Greece was the main point where the more than one million asylum seekers — mainly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans — entered Europe the previous year.