A sharp increase in refugees arriving on Greece’s Aegean islands is pushing an already faltering reception system to breaking point and is symptomatic of a failure by Europe’s leaders to adequately address the refugee crisis, warned Amnesty International ahead of the EU Summit which starts today.
At least 61,474 refugees arrived on the Greek islands between 1 January and 22 June 2015 -- far more than during the whole of 2014 (43,500).
Refugees arrive at Eftalou early in the morning, on the Greek islands of Lesvos, 2015.
A pair of shoes seen on a fence at the overflow camp at Kara Tepe near Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesvos, 2015.
Child sleeping on sand in a makeshift outdoor camp in Molyvos harbour, on the Greek island of Lesvos, 2015.
Having just got off a boat in the early morning, two Syrian refugees hug each other on the beach at Eftalou, on the Greek island of Lesvos, 2015.
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