European Union urged to help Greece with refugee crisis

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Two boys rest next to their tent outside the screening centre at Moria. Refugees and migrants live in tents until there is space available to accommodate them inside the centre. Photo: UNHCR/S.Baltagiannis

Two boys rest next to their tent outside a screening centre. Refugees and migrants live in tents until there is space available to accommodate them inside. Photo: UNHCR/S.Baltagiannis

The European Union has been urged by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to do more to help Greece with an influx of people.

Around 100,000 refugees have arrived in Greece so far this year, the majority from Syria.

Daniel Dickinson reports

UNHCR said it was extremely concerned by developments in Greece, adding that the situation for refugees was continuing to deteriorate.

About 60 percent of those arriving in Greece are Syrians who have passed through Turkey.

There are also Afghans, Iraqis and Africans from south of the Sahara desert.

The refugee agency's William Spindler said the European Union needs to provide more support to Greece.

"We are seeing real hardship in the European country. This is happening in the European Union, which includes some of the most advanced economies in the world and yet the situation is continuing to deteriorate. We are not seeing a full and appropriate handling of this situation by the European Union, in fact, in some cases local volunteers and tourists are doing more to help refugees than the Greek authorities."

UNHCR said that Europe also needed to do more to support Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, which together host more than four million Syrian refugees.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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