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Refugee arrivals on Lesbos

Refugee Arrivals on Lesbos.

 The photograph taken on October 5th 2015  shows refugees arriving in an
overcrowded dinghy on the Greek Island of Lesbos. The beach is full of
abandoned dinghies and life jackets. The migrants have crossed the Aegean
Sea from Turkey . Many are fleeing the horrors of war in Syria. According to
the UN refugee agency, UNHCR,  refugee and migrant arrivals in Greece this
year will soon reach 400,000.

The Australian Government has recently announced that it will resettle an
additional 12,000 Syrian refugees over the next year. By comparison,
Germany expects to take 800,000 refugees this year alone. The increase in
resettlement numbers for Australia  is a welcome initiative on the part of
the government but needs to be seen against comparative numbers being
re-settled in other countries.


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