UN agency boosting presence on Greek islands to deal with spike in refugee arrivals

05 Jun 2015
UN News Centre

The United Nations refugee agency reports that it is strengthening its position in the eastern Aegean islands of Greece where approximately 600 immigrants a day arrive from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Turkey. Although the number of refugees is very high, there is a lack of necessary facilities such as electricity or running water, especially in the islands of Kos or Lesvos. UNHCR is trying to respond to this critical situation and improve the conditions of refugees, including provision of legal information and accommodation. By the end of May, 2015, according to UNHCR, approximately 90,000 refugees and migrants arrived to Europe, while 1,850 migrants did not manage to cross the Mediterranean and died in the sea. 


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