More Than 4,000 Refugees Arrived at the Port of Piraeus

8 November 2015
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More than 4,000 refugees arrived in the port of Piraeus, near Athens on board three ferries.

In particular, the Greek ferry Eleftherios Venizelos transferred 2,493 refugees from Mytilene, Blue Star 1 transferred 731 refugees from Chios and Mytilene and Nisos Rodos carried 832 refugees from Chios and Samos.

The routes are expected to take place on Sunday, November 8, since a large number of migrants and refugees have been trying to buy tickets in order to travel from the Aegean islands to the Greek capital.

Since the beginning of the year more than 760,000 migrants have arrived in Europe, particularly Greece and Italy. More than 600,000 of these migrants have arrived in Greece according to the UNHCR. The organization further notes that 3,400 people have lost their lives during their effort to reach Europe this year. 200 of these individuals tragically perished while trying to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece in wooden or inflatable boats.

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