Greek CG rescues 1,417 migrants

59 separate incidents.

Greek Coast Guard Rescues 1,417 Migrants in 3 Days

By Philip Chrysopoulos

Greek Coast Guard has rescued 1,417 migrants in 59 search and rescue operations near several Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, authorities said on Monday.

Tens of thousands of refugees and illegal migrants have arrived on Greek islands from Turkey in the past few months, after crossing the Aegean in rickety boats or inflatable dinghies. Most of them arrive from war-torn Syria and Afghanistan. Their purpose is to reach mainland Greece and, for most of them, to move on to more prosperous European countries.

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