In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, file photo, refugees and migrants wait to embark in police and military vans on a highway near the northeastern Greek village of Thourio, at the Greek-Turkish border. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, file)
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Refugees -- mainly people fleeing the war in Syria -- usually arrive in Greece via the Aegean Sea.According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, some 2,900 people have arrived in Evros so far this month, mostly Syrian and Iraqi families.At the village, Kiourtidis, who was once an immigrant worker in Germany, swiftly loads a car with bottled water and biscuits with the help of a friend.Rushing out, he makes contact with the 11 refugees -- six adults and five children -- at a nearby field."Syria, Syria," calls out the man leading the group.Some refugees actively seek out the police, to get themselves indoors.Elias Akidis, head of the police officers' union of Orestiada, near the Turkish border, says refugees are aware that camps on Greek islands are already overflowing with people, and are opting to take the land route accordingly.
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