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Greece: 180,000 migrants to flood Greece if EU-Turkey deal fails
20:28, 23 August 2016
Greece: 180,000 migrants to flood Greece if EU-Turkey deal fails

Breach of Turkey-EU deal would trap more refugees in Greece

20:28, 23 August 2016

Kathimerini

At the moment Greece hosts at least 41,000 asylum seekers on its territory. These people are ready to be relocated, but the European Union member states, who are obliged to accept them, give no answers. This was announced by the Greek Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas during his press conference, reported by Kathimerini.

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Greece asked the European Union to speed up the relocation to other member states of migrants and refugees in the country under a plan agreed last year to ease pressure on frontline countries Greece and Italy.

Under the plan, 160,000 migrants could be relocated over two years, but so far just under 4,000 people have been relocated from Greece and Italy to other European countries.

Related: UNHCR: In 2017, about 1,2 million refugees will need accommodation in other countries

Yannis Mouzalas also added that Greece will be faced with an unprecedented wave of refugees and migrants if the European Union-Turkey agreement collapses. The Greek government’s plan to build new camps for refugees and migrants throughout the country will be completed by Christmas.

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