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Angelina Jolie: ‘Refugee Situation in Greece is Deteriorating’

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Angelina Jolie pictured in 2016 as the Special Envoy for the UNHCR addressing an audience at the interfaith Iftar reception to mark World Refugee Day at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Virginia. Credit: US Department of State / Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Hollywood actress, celebrity, humanitarian, and UNHCR ambassador; Angelina Jolie was in Greece a few days ago to examine the refugee crisis first-hand.
On her visit she went to several refugee camps overwhelmed with migrants and refugees fleeing conflict and desperately seeking to find a new home – potentially in other European countries. The FYROM has made a firm decision in closing its border, while Greece wrestles with how to manage several thousand migrants and Turkey hosts over 2 million migrants.
PM Alexis Tsipras confirmed in a conversation with Jolie that at least 30,000 migrants are trapped on the Greek mainland due to the unilateral actions of Balkan countries.
Jolie said the refugees were stuck in a “deteriorating humanitarian situation” and needed help. She spend about 30 minutes at the Port of Piraeus and also visited a camp in Eleonas.
There have been conflicting reports on whether the action of the European Union to broker a deal with Turkey to assist Greece in this refugee crisis has been beneficial, as well as if it is at all “humane” for Balkan countries, such as the FYROM, to firmly commit to not permitting additional entry of refugees or migrants. Many migrants have sought to go to the FYROM through the Greek border of Indomeni but have been sent back.

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