The police deployment to Kos came after the island's Mayor, Giorgos Kiritsis, warned of 'bloodshed' if the situation on the island of 33,000 people -- where around 7,000 migrants are waiting to apply for immigration papers – worsened.
    
"Two units, or 40 men, have arrived in Kos. Other reinforcements are being sent from other eastern Aegean islands," a police spokesman said.
    
European migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos announced an emergency visit to Athens today for talks with Greek ministers as the leftist government grappled with the crisis.
    
"Extraordinary meeting tomorrow with Greek Ministers dealing with migration, to address urgent challenges," Avramopoulos, who is Greek, said in a tweet.
    
The Greek government said it was 'immediately' dispatching a ship to Kos to double up as an accommodation and processing centre for up to 2,500 people.

 

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