Greece: Six-fold increase in ‘migrants,’ arriving at rate of 600 a day

Refugees from Afghanistan arrested on Lesbos island after trying to disembark. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

The number of migrants arriving on Greece’s islands has increased sixfold since last year, piling more pressure on the cash-strapped government’s services, the United Nations said on Friday.

More than 42,000 people, most of them refugees, arrived in the first five months of the year, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said, part of a growing influx risking the crossing from north Africa to Europe.

“The figures have increased dramatically, particularly in Greece where we have seen people arriving at an average of 600 a day … We expect it to continue at least at this pace if not become even bigger,” UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told journalists in Geneva.

“Greece does not have the additional resources to handle this humanitarian crisis,” she added…

  • Dana Garcia

    Why is Europe expected to accept the mess created by Islam? Refugees are yet another way that the infection of jihad is spread.

  • DMB

    Sorry folks Greece is bankrupt. No generous social welfare benefits for them. Most likely Greece is a transit point to other European destinations that still have them.

    • Frau Katze

      Yep, most want to move to the greener pastures in Northern Europe.

  • Greece can’t even look after its own people.