Since 2013, 29,296 migrants made asylum requests on Lesbos, 11,325 of these in 2018
. Meanwhile, of a total of 178,485 asylum requests made throughout the country in this time, 50,091 remain pending, with the Greek Asylum Service overwhelmed by the workload.
In an attempt to reduce the burden on Greece and other European border states, other EU countries have been asked to resettle some of the newcomers. Quotas have failed to deal with the problem, however. According to figures
from early 2018, since 2015, Greece's EU partners have only committed to the resettlement of 30,836 people, with just 21,999 of them having actually