A total of 230 refugees and migrants of various nationalities that belong to vulnerable groups, such as families with children, women travelling alone, elderly refugees and those with disabilities, left from Chios on Wednesday night to travel to Piraeus.

The move is part of the migration ministry’s efforts to reduce overcrowding on the islands of the eastern Aegean and protect refugees. When they reach Piraeus, they will board busses of the UNHCR and transferred to accommodation operated by the agency throughout the country.

There are currently 2,704 refugees and migrants on Chios, according to ministry data.