A ferry carrying about 2,500 Syrian refugees from the Greek eastern Aegean Sea islands reached Greece’s main port near Athens on Thursday.
Greece has been overwhelmed this year by more than 156,000 migrants since January. Most undocumented migrants from Syria chose Greece’s eastern Aegean islands as their first destination. From the Aegean islands, the refugees then go to other European countries.
In order to ease the influx of migrants, the government chartered the ferry to transport people from the islands to the port of Piraeus.