UNHCR warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece

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Europe faced 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 on the 1 March 2016.

'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 the 29 February 2016, the number of refugees and migrants in Greece and needing accommodation had soared to 24,000. Around 8,500 of these were at Eidomeni, near the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR's Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Refugee Crisis in Europe, called for Europe to implement burden-sharing agreements agreed in 2015 but only fitfully implemented.

Greece asked the EU for €480m in emergency funds to help shelter 100,000 refugees, the Greek government said on the 1 March 2016, warning that the migrant influx threatened to overwhelm its crisis-hit resources.

The European Commission said on the 1 March 2016 that it would put forward a plan on the 2 March 2016 to offer emergency financial assistance for humanitarian crises inside the 28-nation bloc, comparable with operations it had launched elsewhere in the world.

Source Link http://www.unhcr.org/56d58c146.html
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