Refugees attend an information session in Athens before their relocation to Portugal.
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About a dozen refugees are at the information session which Portugal, like other EU countries, is offering as part of the effort to relocate them throughout the bloc and help Greece, at Europe's doorstep, cope with a massive influx of desperate people fleeing war and poverty.Portugal along with France, the Netherlands and Finland have accepted over 3,500 refugees out of some 5,400 that have so far been relocated from Greece throughout EU states.The bloc had agreed last year to aid Greece as well as Italy after over a million refugees and migrants arrived on their shores in Europe's biggest migration surge since World War II.The Dutch are offering a 2-1/2-day orientation course at their Athens Embassy that includes a quick language lesson and televised messages from former refugees already in the Netherlands.There are more than 60,000 refugees and migrants in Greece, most of them from Syria, who have been stranded in the country for months following the closure of Balkan countries' borders early this year.Overall, there are 24,000 refugees currently eligible for relocation from Greece according to the EU.
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