UNHCR expects 600,000 migrants to cross Balkans this winter

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Geneva  – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated on Thursday, some 600,000 migrants will travel from Turkey to Greece and through the Balkans between November and February.

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“Harsh weather conditions in the region are likely to exacerbate the suffering of the thousands of refugees and migrants landing in Greece and travelling through the Balkans.

“It may also result in further loss of life if adequate measures are not taken urgently,” UNCHR said.

The UN Refugee Agency, therefore, called for financial help to protect these people as temperatures drop.

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The UN agency asked international donors for an additional 96 million dollars for winter-proof shelters, warm clothing, food and transport. (dpa/NAN)

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