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Over million refugees reach Greece since 2015

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The UN refugee agency says more than 1 million people have crossed into Greece alone since the start of 2015.

UNHCR figures show more than 143,500 people – mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans – have reached Greece from Turkey this year through March 14. A calculation of agency figures Wednesday shows total land and sea arrivals into Greece were 1,000,229 since Jan. 1, 2015.

UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration had previously reported that more than 1 million people reached Europe overall last year, but that included arrivals across the central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy.

The new figures show how much Greece has borne the brunt of the influx. UNHCR has repeatedly appealed to the European Union to take a more coordinated approach in handling the influx.

[AP]