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    Over 57,000 Migrants, Asylum Seekers Resident in Greece

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    There are 57,182 migrants and asylum seekers currently in Greece, local media reported Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to the Kathimerini newspaper, citing the latest government data, 22,692 migrants are located in northern Greece, 2,279 in central part of the country, and 251 in the southern, while 9,140 people are spread around the eastern Aegean islands.

    The media added that 10,168 refugees are residing in official centers for migrants built in the Attica region in the suburbs of the Greek capital, while 5,423 are living in makeshift camps.

    It comes a day after Greece's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) urged the government to close all reception centers for migrants in the country following official visits by its inspectors to 16 such centers which were all deemed to be a public health risk.

    Greece is one of the most popular transit routes used by refugees from the Middle East and Northern Africa to reach Northern and Central Europe. More than 1.8 million migrants arrived in the European Union in 2015, according to the EU border agency Frontex.

    On July 22, the European Commission allocated an additional 82.6 million euros ($91 million) to Greece to tackle the increased flows of undocumented migrants and refugees. Moreover, 58.4 million euros are given to the Greek Ministry of Defense to provide migrants with urgent shelter, accommodation, catering, health care and transportation, it was note in the statement.

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