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[Correspondence] Child health, the refugees crisis, and economic recession in Greece

According to the UN Refugee Agency,1 roughly 860 000 refugees and migrants without travel documents have entered Greece by sea since 2015, with the Greek islands becoming the main gateway to the European Union. Most refugees (45%) are men, 35% are children, and 20% are women, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. More than 250 deaths and 149 missing people were recorded in Greek territorial waters in 2015, and almost half of those who have drowned trying to reach Greece were children. Journeys by sea in winter weather are particularly dangerous and children are often soaking wet and extremely cold when they are brought ashore, which leads to a high risk of hypothermia, and in many cases hospital treatment is needed.