A Syrian refugee shows his exhaustion as he struggles to swim toward a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos.
The unidentified man had jumped off an overcrowded dinghy while crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey – part of a tide of migrants escaping war-ravaged countries in the Middle East and Asia.
Greece said on Thursday that it was possible that large numbers of refugees from Syria may be about to seek entry into the country from its land border with Turkey.
It would be a relatively new entry point to Greece for the migrants, tens of thousands of whom have braved small boats and rough seas to get from Turkey to Greek islands such as Kos and Lesbos before continuing into the European Union.
“From our side, we are preparing for a possible new wave from the Evros border,” Rodolphos Moronis, spokesman for Greece’s pre-election caretaker government, told Reuters.