Refugees gather at their makeshift camp by the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni on March 1 , 2016, where thousands are stranded. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
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The EU Wednesday unveiled a 700-million-euro emergency aid plan for Greece and other states hit by the migrant crisis, in what would be the first time humanitarian cash has been used within Europe instead of outside the bloc.Greece is the main entry point for the 1.13 million migrants who have landed since the start of 2015 in the European Union, which has been divided and weakened by the biggest wave of refugees since World War II.The EU would also work directly with the U.N. and other aid agencies in Europe, in another first.The effects of the migrant crisis continue to be felt across the EU, stirring discord between member states and rising populism.The United Nations said more than 131,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe so far this year, more than the total number for the first five months of 2015 .Ahead of a crucial EU-Turkey summit on March 7, Tusk said he will press for "a more intensive engagement" from Ankara on a deal signed with the EU in November to limit the flow of refugees.
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