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Migrants and refugees are packed in a crowded line during a registration procedure at the national stadium of the Greek island of Kos, August 12, 2015. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Police continue to struggle with migrants in Kos

On Wednesday, in the Greek island of Kos, scuffles broke out between migrants and police in this continuing struggle.

It was the second consecutive day of tension where hundreds of people, including women and young children, are waiting for immigration papers in scorching temperatures at a sports stadium.

Police are struggling to maintain control outside a processing office, pushing migrants back into the queue, whilst some migrants accused the police of using tear gas.

Official documentation allows the migrants to travel on to other destinations within the European Union.

Reinforcements have been transported from Athens and from neighbouring islands to help with the situation.

A migrant from Syria, Mohamed Zkia, said “The hot here is very hot and the situation is very bad. Someone feels angry towards someone else, a small problem leads to a bigger problem and that’s normal. Anyone in this situation would be angry.”

Vengalis Orfanoudakis from Medecins Sans Frontieres, has said that he expects more from the local authorities, believing that they need to “put some kind of system in place that can guarantee that these people are able to receive food, basic healthcare, shelter, water and protection of their basic human rights. This is not the case here, we just want these people to start being treated as humans.”

This problem is only exacerbated by Greece’s poor economy.

On Monday, Brussels announced the release of EU funds to help those countries dealing with migrants.

However, despite Greece handling the largest number of people it has not been allocated as much money as Italy or Spain.

Greece is to receive only 474 million euros, whilst Spain were granted 522.

Controversially, according the EU’s external borders agency, Frontex, Greece  has had to deal with thirty times as many migrants as Spain over the past 6 months.

 

 

 

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