Refugee crisis: Thousands arrive in mainland Greece as EU struggles to cope

Two ships carrying more than 4,200 people travelled to Piraeus port at night after leaving Lesbos island.

Thousands of refugees are arriving in mainland Greece as the government prepares for talks on tackling the huge number of people reaching its shores.

Two ships carrying more than 4,200 people travelled to Piraeus port at night after leaving Lesbos island.

The whole EU is struggling to deal with an unprecedented influx of migrants.

Hundreds of people, mostly from the Middle East, remain stranded outside a railway station in Hungary after police stopped them travelling through the EU.

The EU's border control agency, Frontex, says 23,000 people arrived in Greece last week alone- an increase of 50% on the previous week.

More than 160,000 people have arrived in Greece so far this year - already surpassing last year's total.

The country's government says it lacks the resources to look after that many arrivals, but aid groups say authorities should be doing more.

On Tuesday, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos called his French counterpart Francois Hollande and asked that the situation facing Greece be discussed at a senior European level.

Greece's caretaker cabinet is set to convene later on Wednesday.

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