Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 13:40
Greece says EU aid means it can shelter 20,000 more migrants
Greece said yesterday, that the European Union had offered to pay the costs of accommodating 20,000 more migrants in temporary camps on its islands as the bloc struggles to improve its management of the flow of refugees across Europe.
More than half a million migrants have transited through Greece so far this year, many fleeing Syria's civil war on a short but perilous crossing from Turkey on inflatable rubber boats.
Once they get ashore, they move on to destinations in wealthier western and northern Europe, especially Germany.
Greece, mired in a multi-year economic crisis, made clear its readiness to provide shelter for more refugees was strictly conditional on the EU financial aid and on the understanding that those offered shelter would later be relocated.