2000 Syrians cross into Greek port “on way to Germany”

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ARA News 

Geneva – After being stranded on an island for more than a week, at least 2,000 Syrian refugees arrived to a Greek port on Sunday, media reports said.

The refugees arrived to the port of Piraeus southwest of Athens, following days of being stranded in the Greek island of Lesbos. 

“The (Syrian) migrants, who crossed over to Lesbos from Turkey, were brought into Piraeus Sunday by two Greek ferries,” according to the AP.

Most headed for the center of Athens by train, although few have friends or relatives there who could take them in.

The Greek TV talked to several of the newly arrived refugees, who said they would like to travel on to Germany, or other European Union countries. 

During the first five months of 2015, 40,297 migrants arrived in Greece, up from 6,500 in the same period in 2014. Almost all of them have crossed in boats from Turkey, according to AP.

 

Reporting by: Lorin Silo 

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