Greece sees rise in refugee, migrant arrivals in September

Police in northern Greece are reporting a rise the number of refugees and migrants illegally entering the country’s land border with Turkey during September.

Police in Thessaloniki said Tuesday 2,428 people were recorded to have illegally entered Greece over the land perimeter in September, compared to 1,497 in August.

The uptick matches increased arrivals by ocean from Turkey, which in September reached 4,886, in agreement with the United Nations refugee agency.

That’s a monthly record high since March 2016, when the European union and Turkey struck a bargain to limit the flow of migrants into Europe.

On Monday, 245 people reached the Greek islands on smugglers barges from Turkey. More than 13,000 refugees and migrants are now stuck on the islands.

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