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EU Takes Initiative on Refugee Problem

refugees-FYROM-borderEuropean Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker called on the leaders of the Balkans and Central Europe to hold an emergency meeting on the refugee issue, amid intensification of the problem, and increased pressure at the borders of certain countries. The meeting is to be held on Sunday, in Brussels.
Meanwhile, Greece’s EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos is visiting Slovenia on Thursday.
The Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis said Tuesday, during a speech at the two-day OSCE Mediterranean Conference in Jordan that Greece is faced with unprecedented refugee and migrant arrivals.
“From the start of the year, more than 450,000 people crossed from Greece into the rest of Europe, most of which coming mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. The first reception services and Greek state’s infrastructure are constantly at their limit, while the Greek coast guard makes every effort to help,” Xydakis said, adding that “this year alone, 60,000 human lives have been saved in the Aegean.”
(Source: ANA-MPA)

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