Greece requests emergency EU help amid refugee crisis

Authorities in Greece have requested emergency help from the European Union to help deal with the huge influx of migrants and refugees arriving on its eastern islands each day.

Since the start of the year, more than 230,000 people have arrived on boats – most of them having travelled from nearby Turkey.

The Interior Ministry said it had applied for ‘civil protection assistance’ to be activated, to give officials the means of improving the rudimentary migrants’ reception centres currently in use.

The cash would go towards pharmaceutical supplies, clothing, staff and equipment. ITV News has reported.

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