Efforts increased to deal with 25,000 refugees on Lesbos

Efforts increased to deal with 25,000 refugees on Lesbos

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The Greek government and the UN refugee agency have drafted in extra staff and ships to deal with some 25,000 stranded migrants on the holiday island of Lesbos.

A processing centre has been also set up on an abandoned football ground to help the migrants get to Athens.

Greek migration minister, Yiannis Mouzalas, warned that Lesbos was "on the verge of an explosion".

Officials said that the processing centre on Lesbos would operate around the clock for five days.

The hope is that it will help people to buy tickets for specially chartered ships to get to Athens, the BBC reported.

Local authorities have been overwhelmed by migrants who have been forced to live in squalid conditions.

Most of the migrants are from war-torn Syria, officials say.


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