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 Immigrants wait to apply for political asylum at the asylum service office in Athens, Greece, 16 April 2015. According to the Greek coast guard, the number of undocumented migrants entering Greece by sea reached 10,445 people in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 2,863 people for the same period last year. In March, 6,498 migrants managed to reach the shores of Greece's eastern Aegean islands alone, with Lesvos, Chios, Leros and Samos being their main destinations.

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Immigrants wait to apply for political asylum at the asylum service office in Athens, Greece

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Speaks To Lawmakers As Greece In Danger Of Default...A pedestrian carries his shopping past a graffiti sign reading "Cut The Debt, IMF Go Home" on corrugated metal fencing outside the University of Athens in Athens, Greece, on Monday, March 30, 2015. "The Greek government's strategy of isolating Germany and getting a majority of other euro-zone members to support another package against vague promises and no coherent reform plan has failed spectacularly," Erik Nielsen, global chief economist at UniCredit Bank AG, said in a note on Sunday. Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

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A pedestrian carries his shopping past a graffiti sign reading “Cut The Debt, IMF Go Home” on corrugated metal fencing outside the University of Athens, Greece 

A homeless man sleeps under a graffiti i...A homeless man sleeps under a graffiti in central Athens on March 12, 2015. Greece and its international creditors prepare to kick off fiscal talks in Athens on March 12, 2015, breaking a six-week impasse on how to extend the country's huge EU-IMF bailout and restore the flow of loans to avert a state cash shortage. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

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A homeless man sleeps under a graffiti in central Athens. Greece and its international creditors prepare to kick off fiscal talks in Athens on Thursday, breaking a six-week impasse on how to extend the country’s huge EU-IMF bailout and restore the flow of loans to avert a state cash shortage. 

An elderly homeless woman sleeps on a bench in the touristic area of Monastiraki in central Athens, Greece, 06 March 2015. The eurozone economy showed signs of recovery in the last three months of 2014, with growth of 0.3 per cent compared to the previous quarter, the European Union's statistics office Eurostat said 06 March confirming preliminary estimates. Bailout recipients Cyprus and Greece saw their economies shrink by 0.7 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively.

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An elderly homeless woman sleeps on a bench in the tourist area of Monastiraki in central Athens, Greece on Friday

Members of the German parliament vote on financial help for Greece at the German parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.  Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.  Lawmakers voted 542-32 to back the bailout extension. There were 13 abstentions.  (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)

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Members of the German parliament vote on financial help for Greece at the German parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin on Friday. Germany‘s Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece’s financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens. Lawmakers voted 542-32 to back the bailout extension. There were 13 abstentions. 

Tourists visit the Attalos arcade in Athens...An ancient marble head of Greek historian Herodotus is seen as tourists walk through the Attalos arcade in Athens February 26, 2015.  Greece's economy is expected to grow this year but faces risks from the government's ability to fulfill a deal with the euro zone and reform fatigue, central bank governor Yannis Stournaras said in his annual report published on Thursday. The arcade was erected by Attalos II King of Pergamon 159-138 BC and the building was reconstructed by the American school of classical studies in Athens under the authority of the Greek Ministry of Education in the reign of King Paul in 1953-1956.

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Tourists walk through the Attalos arcade in Athens, past the ancient marble head of Greek historian Herodotus

A man walks past graffiti in Athens

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A man walks past graffiti in Athens. Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Wednesday it had not been an easy decision for eurozone finance ministers to extend Greece’s €172bn bailout by four months and much doubt remained about how credible Athens’s latest reform commitments really were.

A marble craftsman from the island of Tinos adds the words "Mediterranean" and "Aegean" onto the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens...A presidential "Evzon" stands guard (L) as Giorgos Paganis, 52, a marble craftsman from the island of Tinos, adds the words "Mediterranean" and "Aegean" onto the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, under a list of places where Greeks fought modern history battles, outside the parliament in central Athens, February 24, 2015.  Greece sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TRAVEL)

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A presidential “Evzon” stands guard (L) as Giorgos Paganis, 52, a marble craftsman from the island of Tinos, adds the words “Mediterranean” and “Aegean” onto the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, under a list of places where Greeks fought modern history battles, outside the parliament in central Athens. Greece sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday.

A woman passes by a graffity in central Athens on February 20, 2015. Germany and Greece face off in yet another eurozone meeting Friday in search of a last minute bailout compromise, with Berlin insisting Athens accept continued austerity in return for fresh debt aid.

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A woman passes by graffiti in central Athens on Friday. Germany and Greece face off in yet another eurozone meeting in search of a last minute bailout compromise

Dimitris Koutsoumpas (R), general secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and religious officials attend a swearing in ceremony of the new parliament in Athens on February 5, 2015. Greece's parliament met for the first time after last month's election amid market jitters sparked by an ECB block on a key source of funding for Athens' banks.

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Dimitris Koutsoumpas, general secretary of the Communist party of Greece (right), and religious officials attend a swearing-in ceremony of the new parliament in Athens. Greece’s parliament met for the first time after last month’s election amid market jitters sparked by an ECB block on a key source of funding for Athens’ banks.

A gardener is silhouetted against the sun as he trims the grass at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens February 4, 2015. Greek yields rose on Wednesday as a media report that the ECB was unwilling to approve Athens' proposal to raise the ceiling for its treasury bill issuance cooled optimism that a compromise debt deal may be reached

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A gardener is silhouetted against the sun as he trims the grass at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens on Wednesday

Street Dogs Of Athens...ATHENS, GREECE - JANUARY 27:  (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) In this photo montage stray dogs are seen in the centre of Athens on January 27, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Stray dogs are a common sight in Athens with many living in small packs in the city's various squares or near tourist spots such as the Acropolis. Most are monitored and tagged by the local authorities receiving vaccinations and veterinary attention when needed. The streets - which the dogs have learnt to navigate around, negotiating busy road junctions and pedestrian crossings - also provide in the main, the food, water and shelter they need whilst various charities and individuals also are involved in their welfare. The reason for their large numbers is varied but theories have included the closure of the traditional city dog pound and the fact that keeping dogs as pets is a relatively recent phenomena in Greece and some owners do not realise the commitment involved and release the dogs as strays. Before the Olympics in 2004 it was widely reported that thousands of dogs had been rounded up and poisoned and in 2011 one stray was even named runner up for TIME magazine's Animal of Year after he was widely photographed siding with demonstrators barking at riot police during the anti-austerity protests at the height of Greece's debt crisis  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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In this photo montage stray dogs are seen in the centre of Athens, Greece. Stray dogs are a common sight in Athens with many living in small packs in the city’s various squares or near tourist spots such as the Acropolis. Most are monitored and tagged by the local authorities receiving vaccinations and veterinary attention when needed. The streets – which the dogs have learnt to navigate around, negotiating busy road junctions and pedestrian crossings – also provide in the main, the food, water and shelter they need whilst various charities and individuals also are involved in their welfare. The reason for their large numbers is varied but theories have included the closure of the traditional city dog pound and the fact that keeping dogs as pets is a relatively recent phenomena in Greece and some owners do not realise the commitment involved and release the dogs as strays. Before the Olympics in 2004 it was widely reported that thousands of dogs had been rounded up and poisoned and in 2011 one stray was even named runner up for TIME magazine’s Animal of Year after he was widely photographed siding with demonstrators barking at riot police during the anti-austerity protests at the height of Greece’s debt crisis 

TOPSHOTS Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras gr...TOPSHOTS Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters following victory in the election in Athens on January 25, 2015. The left-wing Syriza party led by Alexis Tsipras won Greece's general election  after campaigning on a pledge to renegotiate the country's international bailout and reverse years of spending cuts and painful economic reforms.  AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters in Athens after victory in the Greece’s election. The leftwing Syriza party won after campaigning on a pledge to renegotiate the country’s international bailout and reverse years of spending cuts and painful economic reforms

A man offers his fish for sale at a central fish market in Athens.

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A man offers his fish for sale at a central fish market in Athens.

Immigrants who arrived on a cargo ship from Turkey queue for meals in a basketball arena where they have been given temporary shelter in the town of Ierapetra, on the southern Greek island of Crete on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Nearly 600 men, women and children, mostly refugees from Syria, have been temporarily put up in the southern Cretan town of Ierapetra, where they arrived in a crippled smuggling ship after more than a week at sea.

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Immigrants who arrived on a cargo ship from Turkey queue for meals in a basketball arena where they have been given temporary shelter in the town of Ierapetra, on the southern Greek island of Crete on Friday. Nearly 600 men, women and children, mostly refugees from Syria, have been temporarily put up in the southern Cretan town of Ierapetra, where they arrived in a crippled smuggling ship after more than a week at sea

A man walks past a graffiti of Sausage, a stray dog, painted by street artists Smart, N_Grams and Martinez in Athens October 20, 2014. The ginger mongrel called "Loukanikos" in Greek, who became famous for appearing at anti-austerity protests and barking at riot police at the height of Greece's debt crisis, has died of a heart attack, local officials said on October 9, 2014.

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A man walks past a graffiti of Sausage, a stray dog, painted by street artists Smart, N_Grams and Martinez in Athens on Monday. The ginger mongrel, called Loukanikos, found fame after appearing at anti-austerity protests and barking at riot police at the height of Greece’s debt crisis, has died of a heart attack

A woman looks at the Parthenon Marbles, a collection of stone objects, inscriptions and sculptures, also known as the Elgin Marbles, on show at the British Museum in London October 16, 2014. Hollywood actor George Clooney's new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney, made an impassioned plea on for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens, in what Greeks hope may inject new energy into their national campaign.

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A woman looks at the Parthenon Marbles, a collection of stone objects, inscriptions and sculptures, also known as the Elgin Marbles, on show at the British Museum in London. Hollywood actor George Clooney’s new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney, made an impassioned plea on for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens

Amal Clooney...Lawyer Amal Clooney, second left, arrives for a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Lawyers Geoffrey Robertson, Norman Palmer and Amal Clooney arrived Monday to Greece on a four-day visit to meet government officials, including Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, and advise on Greece's quest to have the Parthenon Marbles returned to Athens from the British Museum in London. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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Lawyer Amal Clooney arrives for a meeting with Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras in Athens. Lawyers Geoffrey Robertson, Norman Palmer and Amal Clooney arrived in Greece on Monday for a four-day visit to meet government officials and advise on Greece’s quest to have the Parthenon Marbles returned to from the British Museum. 

A young Roma man stands next to a burning barricade during a protest in Athens on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.  The Greek Roma community, protesting authorities' plans to demolish their illegal settlement and move them to a remote spot in the countryside, blocked a main northern Athens avenue for hours Tuesday, using rubbish bins that they then set on fire. Eventually, a compromise was reached whereby a few uninhabited shacks will be knocked down, and the rest will stay in place pending a final agreement on relocating the Roma.

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A young Roma man stands next to a burning barricade during a Greek Roma community protest in Athens that blocked a main northern avenue in the city on Tuesday. The Roma are protesting authority plans to demolish their illegal settlement and move them to a remote spot in the countryside

A Greek Army Apache helicopter takes part in an air show at Athens Paleo Faliro coastal suburb  on September 25 , 2014. The show was a pre-event for  Athens annual Flying Week  at the weekend at an airfield north of Athens.

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A Greek Army Apache helicopter takes part in an air show at Athens Paleo Faliro coastal suburb on Thursday