Welcome mat fraying on friendly Greek island where locals, tourists help migrant arrivals

August 18, 2015 4:18 PM

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Welcome mat fraying on friendly Greek island where locals, tourists help migrant arrivals

Syrian refugees pass time under the trees on the grounds of the hospital in the island of Leros, Greece, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. This Greek island that was once a place of exile for political prisoners has become one of the country's most welcoming communities for migrants fleeing chaos and war, thanks to a dedicated grass-roots volunteer network and tourists interrupting their vacations to provide what help they can. But even on Leros, a 75-square kilometer (29 sq. mile) rocky outcrop in the Aegean Sea with a permanent population of fewer than 10,000 people, the welcome mat is fraying under the sheer numbers of migrants _ hundreds arrive in smugglers' boats most days _ making the perilous boat journey here across the Aegean Sea from Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (The Associated Press)

A migrant girl plays in the grounds of the headquarters of the local coast guard in the Greek island of Leros, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. This Greek island that was once a place of exile for political prisoners has become one of the country's most welcoming communities for migrants fleeing chaos and war...

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