Greece requests emergency funding from the EU over flooding Iraqi, Syrian asylum seekers
Coast Guard officials Thursday said they expect a three-fold increase in the number of immigrants apprehended this year, compared with 2013, with more than half of people entering Greece now coming from Syria.
Head of migrant operations Cdre. Ioannis Karagiorgopoulos said annual funding currently provided by the EU's Frontex agency is about half of the amount spent by the Greek state in just a month.
Greece is a major transit point for immigrants seeking illegal access to the European Union.