Migrant Numbers Increase Sixfold in Cash-strapped Greece: U.N.

The United Nations said on Friday, number of migrants arriving on Greece's islands has increased sixfold since last year, piling more pressure on the cash-strapped government's services. More than 42,000 people, most of them refugees, arrived in the first five months of the year, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said, part of a growing influx risking the crossing from north Africa to Europe. UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told journalists in Geneva said, "We expect it to continue at least at this pace if not become even bigger." Adding, "Greece does not have the additional resources to handle this humanitarian crisis."



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