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UNHCR warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece


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UNHCR warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece

News Stories, 1 March 2016

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A young Afghan sleeps at Victoria Square. Athens. Hundreds are now caught there since States along the Balkan Route tightened borders.

GENEVA, March 1 (UNHCR) Europe faces an imminent humanitarian crisis, largely of its own making, following a rapid build-up of people in already over-stretched Greece, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warned today.

“With governments not working together despite having already reached agreements in a number of areas, and country after country imposing new border restrictions, inconsistent practices are causing unnecessary suffering and risk being at variance with EU and international law standards,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told a press briefing in Geneva.

Edwards added that as of last night (Monday), the number of refugees and migrants in Greece and needing accommodation had soared to 24,000. Around 8,500 of these were at…

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