A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of migrants from the Greek island of Lesbos arrives at the port of Piraeus, near Athens. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of new migrants arrived on the Greek mainland on Thursday (September 17), despite border closures and controls set to impede their onward travel through the European Union. A passenger ferry chartered by the Greek government brought the migrants to the port of Piraeus, near Athens, from the island of Lesbos, where they arrived by boat from Turkey. That crossing is set to become impassable as autumn descends, with stronger winds churning the Aegean Sea, which is already treacherous. Thirty-four migrants, almost half of them children, drowned when their wooden boat capsized on Sunday (September 13) about three miles (5 km) east of the small island of Farmakonisi. Migrants reaching Greece now face further complications as they head through the Balkans to reach the EU's frontier-free Schengen zone, most bound for Germany, after Hungary's decision this week to shut the EU's external border with Serbia.