Humanitarian crisis within the economic crisis for Greece

Published: Aug 21, 2015 06:57:36 AM IST
Updated: Aug 19, 2015 05:16:39 PM IST
Humanitarian crisis within the economic crisis for Greece
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Migrants check their mobile phones after landing on a beach in the Greek Island of Kos on August 12. Authorities in Greece are struggling to handle boatloads of migrants, mostly from war-torn Syria and Afghanistan, arriving in crammed rubber dinghies from the nearby Turkish shore with hopes of making new lives in Europe. The influx of refugees has triggered a “humanitarian crisis within the economic crisis,” said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, while calling on Europe to help his cash-strapped country face the situation. The UN Refugee Agency has asked Greece to take control of the “total chaos” on the island.

(This story appears in the 04 September, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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