Over 68,000 refugees entered Europe in January

Orient Net - DW 2016-02-07 17:05:00

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Tens of thousands of refugees have crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey to arrive in Greece this year, the UN has said. 

An estimated number of 68,023 people traveled across the Aegean Sea to Greece since the beginning of 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Sunday. At least 366 people lost their lives while to reach Europe, the report added.

The EU has pledged 3 billion euros ($3.35 billion) to Ankara to help house and care for refugees and to stem the flow of people entering Europe.

More discussions on the conflict and the consequent refugee crisis are planned for Monday when Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Nearly 2.7 million people have found refuge in Turkey and over a million have crossed over to EU countries.

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