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Stranded migrants get tour of Acropolis

Monday, May 09, 2016 - 01:02

A group of migrants, mainly teenagers and children, stuck in Greece are given a tour of the Acropolis in Athens as part of Europe Day celebrations. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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It's Greece's most famous landmark. And on Monday - Europe Day - officials opened up the Acropolis to a group of 91 migrants from two government camps for a special tour. These migrants have legal status and many will soon continue their journey... but in the meantime, UNHCR spokesman Chris Boian says it's a 'wonderful opportunity' for the migrants to learn more about Europe. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS REFUGEE AGENCY (UNHCR) COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, CHRIS BOIAN, SAYING: "What happened here today was really an exercise in civilization. A demonstration of what European values are about and where they were born." Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity on the continent. But this year, the Greek government also wanted to raise awareness of Europe's migrant and refugee crisis. In Greece alone, some 54,000 migrants remain stranded, with most living at official reception centers or makeshift camps.

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Stranded migrants get tour of Acropolis

Monday, May 09, 2016 - 01:02