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UN: Arrivals by Sea in Greece to Top 400K

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Post by Lobo Fri 02 Oct 2015, 2:39 pm

UN: Arrivals by Sea in Greece to Top 400K


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A woman screams for help after she and her daughter fell in the water as they arrive along the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Oct. 2 , 2015.



Lisa Schlein
Last updated on: October 02, 2015 12:50 PM
GENEVA—
The U.N. refugee agency reports the number of refugees and migrants who have arrived in Greece by sea this year soon will top 400,000. The UNHCR says the total number of Mediterranean sea-crossings this year stands at well over one-half million and is continuing to climb. 

The U.N. refugee agency reports an overwhelming number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey are arriving in Greece, followed by Italy with 131,000 people arriving so far this year.  

The agency says a record 168,000 people made the perilous sea crossing in September. That is the highest monthly figure this year and almost five times the number in September 2014.

The UNHCR says 97 percent of all those fleeing to Europe by sea are from the world’s top 10 refugee-producing countries, led by Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.  It rejects the perception that they are economic migrants in search of a better life.

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EU border controls and fences to control flow of migrants

The agency says reception centers that can quickly assist, process, and screen the people arriving by sea must be urgently established. UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards tells VOA Europe has taken some positive steps in efforts to stabilize this crisis.  

He says European countries have made progress in increasing search and rescue capacity in the Mediterranean. They have announced a program for relocating 120,000 refugees among EU countries and have increased funding.  But, he says this is not enough to tackle this critical situation.

More needs to be done

“Although public attention has moved away this week from Europe’s refugee emergency, it is very clear this is a continuing, very large-scale emergency that is underway," he said. "People are moving through all these countries en route and many of the problems still have to be addressed. There has to be a proper, united approach to all levels of managing this crisis and there are lots more work still to be done.  In addition to that, the factors driving these flows are not going away.”

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Migrants line up after crossing a border from Croatia near the village of Zakany, Hungary, Sept. 26, 2015.

In light of the fast-evolving situation in Europe, the UNHCR has revised its appeal for the so-called Special Mediterranean Initiative. This action plan aims to assist refugees arriving in Europe from the Middle East, West and East Africa. The agency is asking for $128 million from June 2015 to December 2016.

The UNHCR says there was a noticeable drop in the number of sea arrivals this week because of bad weather conditions. It says the cooler, windy weather has made the crossing from Turkey to Greece even more perilous. But, it warns any improvement in the weather is likely to bring another surge in sea arrivals. And, if reception and registration facilities are not in place in the Greek islands, bottlenecks and chaos will ensue.

Olympic venue housing

Meanwhile, Greek authorities have opened a disused Olympic venue to house more than 400 migrants who have been camping out in Athens' Victoria Square.

Police on Thursday escorted buses carrying the migrants, many from Syria and Afghanistan, to Galatsi Olympic Hall. The venue was home to table tennis and gymnastics competitions during the 2004 Olympics.

City officials have been trying to ease citizens' concerns about the number of migrants camping out in the open in central Athens. Greece is on the front lines of the European migrant crisis and has been overwhelmed with people who travel across the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle East and Africa to seek better lives in the European Union.

UN General Assembly

At the U.N. General Assembly in New York Wednesday, Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon appealed to the world to approach Europe's refugee crisis with "creativity, compassion, and courage."

Ban told meeting of 70 ministers at the General Assembly that "the future does not belong to those who seek to build walls or exploit fears."

He stressed cooperation among all those who are struggling to cope with the crisis, with all efforts focused on saving lives. Otherwise, Ban said "the winners will be smugglers, traffickers and unscrupulous employers. Those who lose will be the dispossessed, the hungry, the vulnerable, the defenseless, and the children."
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