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Greece: 50,000 refugees will be lodged as part of new EU plan

Greece committed on Sunday to opening enough reception centers to house 30,000 refugees by the end of the year and the United Nations will provide another 20,000 places, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.

In the frontline of the migrant wave this year, Greece has been criticised for failing to implement EU law on registering new arrivals. Officials said Tsipras had initially resisted calls for Greece to expand accommodation for asylum-seekers and accept more border guards from other EU states. However, the final agreement included a Greek commitment to increase from the current 7,000 - 10,000 to 30,000 by the end of this year the number of places to host migrants. A further 20,000 people should be sheltered in private accommodation.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, whose chief was at the meeting, will work with governments on established programme.

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