Greek minister warns refugee backlog will take two years to clear

Thanasis Gavos   Mon, 14 Mar 2016; 08:02

The 47,000-strong migrant backlog in Greece is growing rapidly and could ultimately take two years to clear, Athens’ newly appointed migration co-ordinator has said in a warning over the protracted plight of refugees stranded in the country.

With Macedonia’s border closed and Greek islands still receiving about 1,500 arrivals a day, a bottleneck of migrants has built up on the Greek mainland, overwhelming available shelter in some locations and outpacing Europe’s policy response.

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