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Greece: 'Please open the border!' say refugees stranded in Athens01:15

Greece: 'Please open the border!' say refugees stranded in Athens

Greece, Athens
February 28, 2016 at 19:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Refugees and migrants including many families with young children, mainly from Afghanistan, were left stranded on Athens' Victoria Square, Sunday, as Greek police prevented them from travelling northwards. The Greek state is trying to prevent a build-up of refugees in the country's border region due to restrictions on the entry of refugees into neighbouring countries.

Scores of refugees staged a protest on Victoria Square at which they held banners inscribed with the word 'open!,' and chanted slogans such as "Please open the border!" and "No food, no water!." One refugee, who withheld his name, said "please open the border for us, like how they open it for Syrian and Iraqi people." A reported 10 refugees, including children, have also gone on hunger strike to protest the border closures.

The Greek government has decided to limit the number of refugees arriving in Athens and northern Greece since Balkans countries decided to restrict the inflow of refugees through their borders. It is estimated that nearly 20,000 refugees and migrants are trapped in Greece following the tightening of border controls.

The UN Refugee Agency are making strides to provide accommodation for Greece's 20,000 asylum seekers. However, in a press release on Tuesday, they urged European nations to do more. The organisation argues that a "comprehensive, coordinated strategy built on shared responsibility, solidarity and trust among all European states" is the only way to approach the continent's refugee crisis.

Greece: 'Please open the border!' say refugees stranded in Athens01:15
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Refugees and migrants including many families with young children, mainly from Afghanistan, were left stranded on Athens' Victoria Square, Sunday, as Greek police prevented them from travelling northwards. The Greek state is trying to prevent a build-up of refugees in the country's border region due to restrictions on the entry of refugees into neighbouring countries.

Scores of refugees staged a protest on Victoria Square at which they held banners inscribed with the word 'open!,' and chanted slogans such as "Please open the border!" and "No food, no water!." One refugee, who withheld his name, said "please open the border for us, like how they open it for Syrian and Iraqi people." A reported 10 refugees, including children, have also gone on hunger strike to protest the border closures.

The Greek government has decided to limit the number of refugees arriving in Athens and northern Greece since Balkans countries decided to restrict the inflow of refugees through their borders. It is estimated that nearly 20,000 refugees and migrants are trapped in Greece following the tightening of border controls.

The UN Refugee Agency are making strides to provide accommodation for Greece's 20,000 asylum seekers. However, in a press release on Tuesday, they urged European nations to do more. The organisation argues that a "comprehensive, coordinated strategy built on shared responsibility, solidarity and trust among all European states" is the only way to approach the continent's refugee crisis.

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