Mo­ment of hope for flee­ing Syr­i­ans as they reach Kos

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Syr­ian refugees celebrate on Satur­day mo­ments af­ter ar­riv­ing on a dinghy from Tur­key at the Greek is­land of Kos in the Aegean Sea. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) es­ti­mates that some 124,000 mi­grants and refugees reached Greece this year, which is more than 750 per­cent up on 2014. ‘The Greek author­i­ties need to ur­gently des­ig­nate a sin­gle body to co­or­di­nate re­sponse and set up an ad­e­quate hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance mech­a­nism. As Greece faces fi­nan­cial chal­lenges the coun­try needs help. Euro­pean coun­tries should sup­port Greece on these ef­forts,’ said the di­rec­tor of the UNHCR’s Europe bureau, Vin­cent Co­chetel.

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