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Burnham calls on May to 'show humanity' on refugees

Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of "not responding to the unfolding nature" of the refugee crisis by Labour's Andy Burnham.

As ITV News records a typical day on a Greek island overwhelmed by refugees, the shadow home secretary urged Mrs May to "look at the TV pictures today" and "show some humanity".

Mrs May defended the Government's response and said "it is better for people not to try to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean and other routes into Europe".


Lesbos offering aid to thousands seeking refuge

The Greek island of Lesbos has continued to offer aid to the latest refugees and migrants who have journeyed in their thousands across the Mediterranean Sea.

A ferry transported around 2,500 to the island on Monday, the latest arrival among an estimated 580,000 people to have arrived in Europe by sea this year.

The coastline along Lesbos has turned bright orange with the life jackets of the refugees. Credit: Jamie Roberton/ITV News
The huge influx on Monday meant only women, children and young families were allowed onto waiting buses. Credit: Jamie Roberton/ITV News
The remaining had to walk the 17km to the next camp in order to access food and water and washing facilities. Credit: Jamie Roberton/ITV News

Lesbos: Refugees wait in searing heat to enter camps

Many of the refugees who have arrived in Lesbos on Monday morning have gone on to camps on the next stage of their journeys, where they receive washing facilities, food and water.

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Due to the huge numbers that arrived today, a bus was needed to take people from another camp, ten miles away.

Only women, children and young families were allowed on board - anyone else was forced to make the journey by foot.

On arrival at the camps, many were forced to stand in long queues in searing heat.


Ferry with 2,500 refugees reaches Greece from Lesbos

The ferry arrives at Piraeus port in Lesbos. Credit: RTV

A ferry carrying around 2,500 refugees and migrants reached the mainland Greek port of Piraeus from Lesbos on Monday morning.

The ferry carried people who had travelled by sea in dinghies, with many saying they were fleeing persecution at home.

Hundreds of the 2,500 on board are pictured disembarking the ship. Credit: RTV

Zeus, an Iraqi refugee who was on board, said it was a "miracle" that he and those with him had survived after attempting to cross the sea in the middle of the night.

"It was dangerous and it was really risky," he said, adding that the people smuggler who had sent them "did not tell us" how bad the conditions would be.

Smugglers make millions from Mediterranean refugees

A volunteer waves to refugees making their way to shore. Credit: Sean Swan/ITV News

Some of the hundreds arriving on the shores of Greece and Italy from the Mediterranean have paid people smugglers up to £1,000.

It means the illegal smugglers are able to make huge amounts of money from desperate people fleeing war in countries such as Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan.

the number of refugees arriving in Europe by sea so far in 2015

If all 500 people ITV News witnessed arriving in Lesbos so far this morning had all paid even half of that amount, people smugglers would have made £25,000 from those journeys alone.

If the same estimate was applied to all 580,000 refugees and migrants that have travelled by the Mediterranean in 2015, the total paid to people smugglers would stand at £290 million.

Lesbos sees 2,335% increase in refugee arrivals

The number of refugees arriving in Lesbos has increased by 2,335% in the last year, as the impact of the crisis is increasingly felt in Greece.

A child sits wrapped in tin foil after arriving in Lesbos by boat. Credit: Sean Swan/ITV News

The situation has escalated rapidly as the year has gone on, with figures from the Hellenic Ministry of Interior showing that 30,116 crossed into Lesbos in the first week of October.

A man and a woman climb to shore after arriving by boat. Credit: Sean Swan/ITV News

That follows 160,000 who arrived in September alone, according to the UN refugee agency.

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