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U.N. chief meets with refugees on Lesbos island

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 01:07

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commends Lesbos islanders' response to the refugee crisis and urges the international community to resettle more migrants. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon met with migrants living at a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday (June 18) and commended the islanders' show of solidarity towards refugees arriving on their shores. About one million people crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greek islands last year in small and often overcrowded inflatable boats. More than half of those landed on Lesbos' rocky northern beaches. Hundreds more drowned trying to make the crossing. "These refugees have been through the worst. The people of Lesbos are showing the world the best," said Ban after touring the Kara Tepe camp near the central town. The migratory shift from Turkey to Greece has slowed to a trickle since March, when the European Union and Turkey reached an agreement for Ankara to seal the route in return for financial and political rewards. The accord obliges Greece to return to Turkey those migrants who either do not apply for asylum or have their claims rejected. Officials say about 8,400 migrants are currently on Greek islands, nearly all of whom have expressed interest in applying for asylum, overwhelming the system. Additionally, there are an estimated 48,000 on the Greek mainland, stuck there after a wave of border shutdowns throughout the Balkans.

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U.N. chief meets with refugees on Lesbos island

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 01:07