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UN refugee chief disappointed in EU refugee plan

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The head of the UN refugee agency says he is "disappointed" that a European Union plan to help those pouring into Europe failed to open more legal pathways for them to enter.

Antonio Guterres generally welcomed EU plans to relocate 120,000 refugees and boost humanitarian aid for the neighbors of war-torn Syria – the home of most of the refugees who have poured into Greece via Turkey in recent months.

Guterres said Thursday that more needs to be done to improve the facilities to take in, help, register and screen people now arriving by boat at an average rate of 5,000 a day.

His office called the EU program "limited" compared to current needs and urged a "substantial and rapid increase in legal opportunities for refugees to access the EU."

[AP]