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Kos: Migrants head for Greek mainland, while thousands wait to be registered

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By Euronews
Kos: Migrants head for Greek mainland, while thousands wait to be registered

<p>Migrants board a ferry on the island of Kos bound for the mainland, with registration papers in hand.</p> <p>Greek police have been working round the clock to register the thousands of Syrian refugees who have been stuck on the island after arriving from Turkey.</p> <p>However, around 5,000 are still waiting to be registered, for those who have got their temporary travel documents the joy was evident.</p> <p>“Allemagne, Allemagne (Germany, Germany) I am going to Allemagne (Germany). I am very happy to go to Allemagne (Germany). Thank you Yunnan (Greece) you gave me papers and now I can go in Allemagne (Germany). Thank you,” exhaulted one Syrian refugee.</p> <p>The tourist hot spot is struggling with the volume of migrants turning up on its shores, with 7,000 arriving in July alone.</p> <p>Local businesses worry about the impact as migrants set up camp along beaches waiting for immigration papers to continue their journey.</p> <p>“Why we’re living like this?” asks Syrian refugee Imad. “Why? What’s the difference between me and them? No difference, we all are human beings.</p> <p>With hundreds more expected each day, a cruise ship will arrive on Friday to register the remaining migrants.</p> <p>Kos is just one of several Greek islands struggling with the largest wave of mass migration since the Second World War.</p>