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Caritas Athens, a partner of CRS, runs a soup kitchen and also provides clothes, vouchers for shelter and information for passing refugees and economic migrants. Part of their outreach is to be present at the port to inform arriving refugees before they are taken by smugglers and exploited. Pictured is a group of Afghan girls who arrived that morning to Athens.

This year, thousands have fled countries in northern Africa and the Middle East seeking asylum in different parts of Europe. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Caritas are scaling up their humanitarian relief efforts to address these growing needs in Serbia, Macedonia and Greece. This is part of the Balkan Refugees - Migrants Response project.

Photo by Elie Gardner for Catholic Relief Services