A rubber dinghy heavily loaded with migrants arrives from Turkey onto the Greek island of Lesbos as supporters wait by the shore to help. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Rubber dinghies filled with migrants continued on Thursday (September 10) to arrive in large numbers onto the Greek island of Lesbos, which has been overwhelmed by an unprecedented wave of people fleeing conflict zones, chiefly in the Middle East. Greece has seen a surge in the number of migrants crossing the narrow sea passage from neighboring Turkey, with aid agencies estimating more than 2,000 have crossed over daily this month. The situation has raised tensions, as stranded migrants and police scuffled twice last week at Lesbos's capital and port of Mytilene. On the beach of Skala Sikamias, about 60 kilometers north of Mytilene, dozens of refugees made their way to the shore as volunteers urged them on. The Greek government has chartered two ships to relieve the situation on the island and help the thousands of migrants to reach their destinations in northern Europe. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, 13,000 migrants have been ferried to the Greek mainland between Monday and Thursday morning. The vast majority of those arriving at Greece's mainland are hoping to move on to other European countries and, once disembarked, almost immediately head north, creating a bottleneck at the border with Macedonia. Even after passing through Macedonia, migrants face further difficulties in passing the borders of Hungary, as the central European country is building a fence along its southern border with Serbia, which it says is necessary to protect the EU's passport-free Schengen zone.