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Greece, Europe must end "shameful" migrant crisis - U.N. official

Friday, August 07, 2015 - 01:26

The director of the United Nations' refugee agency calls on Greece and Europe to take control of the ''total chaos'' on Mediterranean islands where thousands of migrants have landed. Gavino Garay reports.

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They've been arriving by the boatloads on European shores daily... nearly 125,000 to Greece alone. Now, the head of the U.N.'s refugee agency is calling the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean "total chaos" Vincent Cochetel visited several Greek islands and says Athens has to do more to take control of the situation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNHCR DIRECTOR, VINCENT COCHETEL, SAYING: "I've never seen a situation like that. This is the European Union and this is totally shameful." But the European Union should also act to share Greece's migrant burden, Cochetel says. He calls plans by some EU leaders to relocate 16,000 migrants over two years -- 'too little, too late'. Greece is at the frontlines of a massive migrant influx... but Athens has its own economic woes and says it can't handle the pressure alone. Speaking with his ministers, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wondered if the EU would step in to give Greece assistance. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREEK PRIME MINISTER, ALEXIS TSIPRAS, SAYING: "Now is the time to see if all the wishful thinking and the nice words of solidarity are only limited to harsh conditions of lending, or if they are true." The migrants are seeking refuge from war and jobs in Europe... but for now, scores of them are stranded on Mediterranean isles -- and stuck in limbo.

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Greece, Europe must end "shameful" migrant crisis - U.N. official

Friday, August 07, 2015 - 01:26