Numbers of refugee arrivals to Greece increase dramatically – UNHCR

More refugees and migrants arrived in Greece last month than during the whole of 2014, the UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday, and called for a European-wide response to deal with the escalating crisis. UNHCR said that in July 50,242 people, mostly fleeing the conflict in Syria, arrived in Greece compared to 43,500 for the whole of last year. This dramatic increase means that the total number of refugees and migrants arriving in Greece had now reached the 160,000 mark.