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How Greece Is Managing The Migrant Crisis

A woman watches over her daughters as they go up a ladder into a cargo train at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on April 27, 2016. Some 54,000 people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have been stranded on Greek territory since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in February. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman watches over her daughters as they go up a ladder into a cargo train at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on April 27, 2016. Some 54,000 people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have been stranded on Greek territory since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in February. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

Over a million migrants have arrived in Greece since 2015. Most are fleeing war and violence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. This month, about 340 migrants have been deported to Turkey, as part of an agreement between Turkey and the European Union aimed at reducing the flow of migrants arriving in Greece.

But with the route through the Balkans to northern Europe blocked, more than 50,000 migrants are stuck in Greece. Giorgos Kyritsis, the spokesman for Greece’s “Central Coordinating Body for the Management of Migration” talks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about how Greece is addressing the migrant crisis.

Guest

  • Giorgos Kyritsis, spokesman for Greece’s refugee crisis management coordination body.

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