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Greece: Boats of Refugees in Kos

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We are stepping up our field presence in the eastern Aegean islands of Greece where sea arrivals in recent weeks from Turkey have been averaging some 600 people a day, straining local reception capacities.

In the first five months of this year, more than 42,000 people arrived by sea in Greece, most of them refugees. This is six times the level of the same period last year (6,500) and almost the same as the total for all of 2014 (43,500). More than 90 per cent of the people arriving are from refugee-producing countries, principally Syria (over 60 per cent of arrivals this year), Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Eritrea.

Read more: http://www.unhcr.org/557171779.html

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Produced by: UNHCR
Language: English
Year: 2015
Region: Europe, Mediterranean

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