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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says almost 34,500 migrants and refugees reached a particular Greek island from January to July 2015.  The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says at least 124,000 people entered Greek ports – more than seven times as many during last year.  Almost all the new arrivals in Greece are refugees fleeing the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Unfortunately facilities on the Greek islands are “totally inadequate”.  The Greek island of Kos reels under the influx of refugees outnumbering its population of 30,000.

Refugees were being held in a football stadium, and even a passenger ship docked at the Greek island of Kos.  They were more detention facilities rather than reception services.

In Austria, it is much worse.  Around 1,500 people – including women and children sleep in the open air at the Traiskirchen centre, with inadequate medical care.  Austria’s interior ministry is trying to improve the situation.

Meanwhile more than 61,600 have arrived on the northern Aegean island of Lesbos and 21,900 on nearby Chios.

More than 225,000 refugees and other migrants have arrived in Europe after crossing the Mediterranean so far this year, according to the UNHCR.  About 2,100 are estimated to have died or gone missing on the journey.

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said that the world was facing the “worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.”

UNHCR declared that Greece needs support in terms of means, or funding, of expertise.  Greece would soon receive a first tranche of €30m (£21m; $33.4m) from funds made available to help EU states cope with the crisis.

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