EU calls for urgent action on migrant arrivals


The European Union told member states they “urgently need to deliver” on commitments to settle refugees on the continent, as the number of arrivals in Greece alone reached the million mark since the start of 2015.

EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos warned that the “humanitarian situation in Greece (is) getting more acute every day” after newly-built shelters there exceeded capacity.

The warning came on the eve of a summit of leaders from the EU and Turkey to try and limit the number of refugees and migrants coming to Europe.

American actress and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie was in Athens on Tuesday to visit overcrowded shelters, as the number of refugees and migrants neared 44,000.