- Title: EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GREECE SHIP Ship laden with migrants arrives at Greek port
- Date: 6th September 2015
- Summary: PIRAEUS, GREECE (SEPTEMBER 6, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SHIP CARRYING MIGRANTS APPROACHING PORT MIGRANTS ON SHIP'S UPPER DECKS SHIP ANCHORED AT PORT VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS WAITING TO DISEMBARK VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS DISEMBARKING CARRYING LUGGAGE AND HOLDING CHILDREN MIGRANTS MAKING VICTORY SIGNS AND WAVING (SOUNDBITE) (English) REFUGEE FROM SYRIA, YAHYA, AGED 28, SAYING: "Very people in Mytilene, very people, no... in Mytilene no WC, no water, nothing in the Mytilene." (SOUNDBITE) (English) REFUGEE FROM SYRIA WHO DOES NOT WISH TO BE IDENTIFIED, AGED 27, SAYING: "Greece, we suffered very much because we walked a lot, for a long time, we walked, like, a twenty kilometres, twenty five kilometres. Then, when we reached to Mytilene island, we suffered too, because there was so many people, the organisation was kind of bad." MIGRANTS HEADING TO BUS AND GETTING ON BUS MIGRANTS GETTING ON CROWDED BUS / MAN PUSHES THROUGH TO GET ON BUS CROWDS GETTING ON BUS MIGRANT FAMILIES WAITING IN PORT VARIOUS OF WOMAN HOLDING LITTLE BOY MIGRANTS RUSHING TO BUS VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS WITH LUGGAGE GETTING ON BUS BUS CARRYING REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS DRIVING OFF/ MIGRANTS WAVING AND MAKING VICTORY SIGNS VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS WAITING IN THE PORT SEATED ON THE GROUND WOMAN HOLDING BABY
- Embargoed: 21st September 2015 13:00
- Location: Greece
- Country: Greece
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVADOYY10LBVGOEI6GMDF4K8016S
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Some 1,700 migrants, mainly from Syria, arrived in the port of Piraeus on Sunday (September 6) from Lesbos island, where migrants engage in daily scuffles with local police.
It is one of the two ships chartered by the Greek government in an effort to ease mounting pressure on local infrastructure from the migrant influx on the islands near the Turkish coast.
Tensions arose in Mytilene, the port of Lesbos, when migrants, many of them from Afghanistan where pushed back by the police and prevented from getting aboard, after waiting for the second consecutive day to be registered.
Yahya, a 28-year old refugee from Syria, waited for seven days in Mytilene before he could obtain the 50-euro ticket that would ferry him to the mainland.
"Very people in Mytilene, very people, in Mytilene no WC, no water, nothing in the Mytilene," said Yahya, a mathematics student from Al-Raqqah.
"Greece, we suffered very much because we walked a lot, for a long time, we walked, like, a twenty kilometres, twenty five kilometres. Then, when we reached to Mytilene island, we suffered too, because there was so many people, the organisation was kind of bad," said a 27-year old man from Syria who did not wish to be identified.
Greece has seen a surge in the number of migrants arriving by rubber dinghies from neighbouring Turkey, with aid agencies estimating about 2,000 crossing over daily this month. Most hail from conflict-ridden places such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to the Greek coast guard, about 13,370 migrants had been ferried from the eastern islands to Athens since Monday.
Most make their way north to the border with Macedonia and from there central Europe.
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