Greece makes plans for Syrian refugee camp on Corfu
Despite its economic problems, Greece is still the most popular entry point for refugees trying to get into the European Union and has been inundated by waves of them. This year, that has included some 8,000 Syrians fleeing the civil war in their country, and the Greek government is tentatively planning to accommodate as many as 20,000 of them on the island of Corfu.
According a report and video on Al-Jazeera, the Syrians are arriving on the island of Lesbos and helped by volunteers who provide food and shelter. The journey is very dangerous, boats are old and in bad conditions, and at this time of year seas can be very rough. Earlier in December, 20 Iraqis trying to reach Greece from Turkey, drowned when their boat capsized off the island.