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Tired but delighted: more migrants wash up in Kos

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By Euronews
Tired but delighted: more migrants wash up in Kos

<p>From a distance they almost look like holidaymakers, splashing about in the sea.</p> <p>But Monday morning’s dinghy-load brought the latest batch of migrants to wash up on the Greek island of Kos after <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/world/europe/turkey-greece-mediterranean-kos-bodrum-migrants-refugees.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0">crossing from nearby Turkey</a>.</p> <p>Like many, this particular group said they were from Syria. They want to travel to Hungary.</p> <p>Among them, young men who gave their names as Reis and Mustafa said they were very tired after the four-hour journey – but they were happy to be alive and to have finally arrived in Greece.</p> <p>Slowly the Eleftherios Venizelos passenger ferry sent to Kos last week has been <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/16/kos-greece-brings-in-a-ferry-to-process-migrants/">taking migrants on board</a>.</p> <p>Syrians will be treated as refugees as they are fleeing the country’s war.</p> <p>Other migrants have complained of preferential treatment. The UN says almost all new arrivals in Greece are fleeing conflicts, including those from Iraq and Afghanistan.</p> <p>The Greek authorities said around 1,000 were on the ship by Monday, while the coastguard reported that more than 2,000 migrants had been rescued from the eastern Aegean Sea.</p> <p>“We are from Syria. We have a nasty war so we come here. After that we will go to Europe, Germany. Thanks for your country, thank you,” said Mahmoud, a refugee.</p> <p>The arrivals in Kos and other Greek islands will be put up in facilities described by the UN as totally inadequate.</p> <p>But at least they have arrived safely on EU soil.</p> <p>A ship has arrived in Sicily carrying over 300 migrants – plus the bodies of nearly 50 who died at sea.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To those who attack 'migrants' online. Look at this man, fleeing war in Syria, cradling his children. And rethink. <a href="http://t.co/1pXEIGStvN">pic.twitter.com/1pXEIGStvN</a></p>— Barry Malone (@malonebarry) <a href="https://twitter.com/malonebarry/status/633045091142254592">August 16, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>