Tsipras: Greece building camps for 10,000 refugees every week

Greece is working in overdrive to build accommodation for tens of thousands of refugees stranded on its soil, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Friday in Athens.

"Despite financial difficulties, each week we are building camps for 10,000 people," Tsipras said during a meeting with EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides.

He said the humanitarian crisis in the overcrowded camp Idomeni, where more than 12,000 refugees are stranded by a blockade of Balkan borders, is a European problem that Europe should resolve.

Stylianides promised rapid EU assistance to Greece, which expects as many as 100,000 people to become stuck on its soil after northern neighbour Macedonia and other countries on the Balkan migration route closed their borders to refugees this week.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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