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Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 

Greece gives false data on migrant number: paper

Greece gives false data on migrant number: paper

Athens, 16 October 2017 (MIA) - German newspaper "Welt am Sonntag" has accused Greece of providing false data on refugees and migrants, also claiming that Bulgaria is turning into a significant transit country on the Balkan route.

The newspaper says 15,000 new asylum seekers arrive in Germany every month, most of whom coming through the Balkan route, despite it being considered officially closed.

"Welt am Sonntag" stresses that enhanced controls on the Macedonian-Greek border have led to the creation of other alternative routes by air or the Turkish-Bulgarian border.

Citing EU sources, the paper claims that Greece is providing false data on the number of refugees and migrants at its territory. Greece says that the number exceeds 62,000, but the German newspaper reads that the real number is closer to 40,000 if one takes into account the number of those who resume their path to Germany and other EU states.

According to "Welt am Sonntag" this number includes those newly-arrived refugees and migrants in Greece, estimated at 20,000 people since the closure of the Balkan route. ik/08:23

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