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UN: 70,000 migrants could get trapped in Greece

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A top UN official on migration warns that 70,000 people are on pace to be "trapped" in Greece in coming weeks because Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and some other European countries are shutting their borders to the flow of migrants and refugees into Europe.

Peter Sutherland says the "inevitable consequence" of closed borders throughout the Balkans "is that Greece increasingly becomes a camp for refugees and migrants."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative for international migration noted that half of those arriving in Greece via the Turkish coast are Syrians, and about 70 percent of them come straight from Syria without stopping long in Turkey, which has already taken in 2.7 million Syrians.

Sutherland urged a better international response: "The issue for the global community is: Are we prepared to share responsibility, or not?."