Migrants sleep outside the police headquarters at the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Friday, April 13, 2018.(AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
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Several hundred refugees and migrants have gathered Friday outside a police station in Greece's second largest city, waiting for hours to be formally arrested in order to gain temporary residence in the European Union country.Families, including many from Syria, sat on the sidewalk outside the police building for hours after crossing illegally from Turkey.Police in northern Greece have reported a surge in illegal land crossings following Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria and capture of the town of Afrin from Kurdish fighters.Refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries are usually granted the right to stay in Greece for at least 30 days.
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