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A man grasps a bag of tangerines as people receive free produce, handed out by farmers, during a protest over the government’s proposal to overhaul the country’s ailing pension system in Athens, Greece 

Lawyers wave their ties during a rally in central Athens against the social security reforms proposed by the government, on Thursday.   Thousands of scientists, doctors, lawyers, engineers and self employed professionals participated in the massive rally, in protest againt a government draft bill regarding reforms in the countrys pension system

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Lawyers wave their ties during a rally in central Athens against the social security reforms proposed by the government, on Thursday.
Thousands of scientists, doctors, lawyers, engineers and self employed professionals participated in the massive rally, in protest againt a government draft bill regarding reforms in the countrys pension system

A Syrian refugee and two children arrive aboard the passenger ferry Ariadne at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, January 4, 2016.

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A Syrian refugee and two children arrive aboard the passenger ferry Ariadne at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece

An Iraqi man disembarks from a dinghy on a beach after his trip with other refugees and migrants from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. European Union leaders on Thursday set a six-month deadline for deciding whether to push ahead with plans for a border guard agency that could deploy to member states unable or unwilling to manage their borders as thousands of migrants continue to arrive in Europe daily.

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An Iraqi man disembarks from a dinghy on a beach after his trip with other refugees and migrants from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Friday

A boy carries a basket of laundry as another child follows him inside Eleonas refugee camp near central Athens Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Financially stricken Greece is the main entry point for asylum-seekers trying to enter the 28-nation European Union. More than 700,000 people have arrived so far this year but few want to remain in the country, with almost all heading to more prosperous European nations.

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A boy carries a basket of laundry as another child follows him inside Eleonas refugee camp near central Athens Monday. Financially stricken Greece is the main entry point for asylum-seekers trying to enter the 28-nation European Union

Refugees and migrants wait for buses lea...Refugees and migrants wait for buses leading them to the city centre, after disembarking from a government chartered ferry in a port of Piraeus near Athens on December 10, 2015.  More than 4000 refugees arrived to the port from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios with the majority of them heading by buses to the Greek-Macedonian border.  Greece said on December 10, 2015 it would seek to deport economic migrants, who had been blocked at its border with Macedonia after Skopje clamped down on entry, if they are not entitled to asylum. "Those without papers, the so-called illegal migrants, have the right to request asylum (or) the right to voluntary repatriation," junior interior minister for migration Yiannis Mouzalas told reporters.

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Refugees and migrants wait for buses leading them to the city centre, after disembarking from a government chartered ferry in a port of Piraeus near Athens on Thursday

Women covered with thermal blankets after their arrival with other migrants and refugees on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos.

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Women covered with thermal blankets after their arrival with other migrants and refugees on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos

A man sits on rail tracks as migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni on December 8, 2015.  Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. All other nationalities are deemed economic migrants and told to turn back, leaving over 1,500 people stuck on the border, mostly Indian, Moroccan, Bangladeshi and Pakistani.

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A man sits on rail tracks as migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni on Thursday.
Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees

A man hugs a girl on Thursday, after refugees and migrants arrived  on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. More than 886,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, according to the latest UN figures.

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A man hugs a girl on Thursday, after refugees and migrants arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey

A woman shouts as stranded migrants from Somalia protest in front of the border fence, demanding to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Hundreds of migrants are stranded on the Greek side, as dozens of them decided to go back in Athens, after Macedonia blocked access to citizens of countries that are not being fast-tracked for asylum in the European Union

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A woman shouts as stranded migrants from Somalia protest in front of the border fence, demanding to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Wednesday

Migrants protest behind a fence against restrictions limiting passage at the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija, on December 1, 2015.  Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. All other nationalities are deemed economic migrants and told to turn back. Macedonia on November 29 finished building a fence on its frontier with Greece becoming the latest country in Europe to build a border barrier aimed at checking the flow of migrants.

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Migrants protest behind a fence against restrictions limiting passage at the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija, on Tuesday.
Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees

A woman holds a child as other migrants who are demanding to be allowed to cross the Greek-Macedonian border stand next to a fence on the railway tracks near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Hundreds of migrants are stranded on the Greek side after Macedonia blocked access to citizens of countries that are not being fast-tracked for asylum in the European Union. Macedonia erected a fence on its southern border with neighboring Greece in order to prevent illegal crossings by migrants.

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A woman holds a child as other migrants who are demanding to be allowed to cross the Greek-Macedonian border stand next to a fence on the railway tracks near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Monday. Hundreds of migrants are stranded on the Greek side after Macedonia blocked access to citizens of countries that are not being fast-tracked for asylum in the European Union

A migrant carries her child after crossing the border from Greece into Macedonia, near Gevgelija, Macedonia on Friday. Macedonia, Serbia and other Balkan states have implemented a new policy to filter the flow by granting passage onwards toward Western Europe only to those fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who are seen as genuine asylum seekers rather than "economic migrants."

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A migrant carries her child after crossing the border from Greece into Macedonia, near Gevgelija, Macedonia on Friday

A man claiming to be from Iran, with his...A man claiming to be from Iran, with his mouth sewn shut, takes part in a demonstration with fellow migrants and refugees as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni on November 24, 2015. At least five migrants stuck on the Greek-Macedonian border on Monday sewed their lips in protest at not being allowed to continue their journey to Europe. Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees are allowed through but those deemed economic migrants -- mainly people from Iran, Pakistan and Bangladesh -- are blocked. AFP PHOTO /Sakis MitrolidisSAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A man claiming to be from Iran, with his mouth sewn shut, takes part in a demonstration with fellow migrants and refugees as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni

Stranded Iranian migrant Hamid, 34, an electrical engineer from the Iranian town of Sanandij sits on rail tucks in front of Macedonian riot police guarding the borderline between Greece and Macedonia near the Greek village of Idomeni November 23, 2015. Hamid and a dozen other Iranian migrants are on hunger-strike for a second day. Balkan countries have begun filtering the flow of migrants to Europe, granting passage to those fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan but turning back others from Africa and Asia

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Stranded Iranian migrant Hamid, 34, an electrical engineer from the Iranian town of Sanandij sits on rail tucks in front of Macedonian riot police guarding the borderline between Greece and Macedonia near the Greek village of Idomeni on Monday

Migrants and refugees walk up to the hill after arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on November 19, 2015. European leaders tried to focus on joint action with Africa to tackle the migration crisis, as Slovenia became the latest EU member to act on its own by barricading its border. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

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Migrants and refugees walk up to the hill after arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey 

A farmer tries to protect himself as he clashes with a riot policeman during an anti-government protest at central Syntagma square in Athens, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Greek farmers protesting over planned tax and pension reforms demanded by the country's bailout creditors have clashed outside parliament with police, who used tear gas to disperse them.

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A farmer tries to protect himself as he clashes with a riot policeman during an anti-government protest at central Syntagma square in Athens, Wednesday. Greek farmers protesting over planned tax and pension reforms demanded by the country’s bailout creditors have clashed outside parliament with police, who used tear gas to disperse them

Migrants and refugees enter a registration camp after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija

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Migrants and refugees enter a registration camp after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija

Migrants and refugees receive help after...Migrants and refugees receive help after their arrival on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on November 17, 2015. European leaders tried to focus on joint action with Africa to tackle the migration crisis, as Slovenia became the latest EU member to act on its own by barricading its border. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

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Migrants and refugees receive help after their arrival on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey

A girl walks through the water as other migrants and refugees helped by volunteers  to disembark from a small boat after their arrival from the Turkish coast on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos  Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Greek authorities say 1,244 refugees and economic migrants have been rescued from frail craft in danger over the past three days in the Aegean Sea, as thousands continue to arrive on the Greek islands

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A girl walks through the water as other migrants and refugees helped by volunteers to disembark from a small boat after their arrival from the Turkish coast on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Monday