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Greece sees a large increase in migrants fleeing war and poverty

Some 2000 refugees, mostly from Syria, arrived in the Greek port of Piraeus near Athens on Sunday morning. They arrived on a government-supplied

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Greece sees a large increase in migrants fleeing war and poverty

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Some 2000 refugees, mostly from Syria, arrived in the Greek port of Piraeus near Athens on Sunday morning.

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We're trying to find any country that will take us, that's it, because you know we are running away from war

They arrived on a government-supplied ferry that brought them from the Greek island of Lesbos.

Greece is a major entry point for migrants, especially those fleeing the conflict in Syria and Iraq looking for security and a better life in Europe.

“We came from Syria”, said one man. “From Syria we went to Turkey and then came to Greece. After Greece we want to go to Germany, god willing, and we want to stay there.”

“We’re trying to find any country that will take us, that’s it, because you know we are running away from war”, said another man.

The influx is increasing. The International Organisation for Migration says over 46,000 migrants arrived in Greece in the first five months of this compared to 34,000 for the whole of 2014.

Given the problems of its own that Greece is facing, most migrants attempt to move on to other more prosperous European countries.