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1st 30 refugees to be relocated from Greece head to Luxembourg

  • Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, center, and Foreign Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn chat each other after the first 30 refugees to be relocated from Greece have boarded a plane in Athens bound for Luxembourg on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. The six families from Syria and Iraq who left Greece on Wednesday mark the start of a program seeking to relocate refugees who have arrived in Greece from nearby Turkey to other European Union countries without them having to make the arduous and often dangerous overland journey across the Balkans on foot. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, center, and Foreign Minister of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn chat each other after the first 30 refugees to be relocated from Greece have boarded a plane in Athens bound for Luxembourg on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. The six families from Syria and Iraq who left Greece on Wednesday mark the start of a program seeking to relocate refugees who have arrived in Greece from nearby Turkey to other European Union countries without them having to make the arduous and often dangerous overland journey across the Balkans on foot. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for statements, after the first 30 refugees to be relocated from Greece have boarded a plane in Athens bound for Luxembourg on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. The six families from Syria and Iraq who left Greece on Wednesday mark the start of a program seeking to relocate refugees who have arrived in Greece from nearby Turkey to other European Union countries without them having to make the arduous and often dangerous overland journey across the Balkans on foot. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for statements, after the first 30 refugees to be relocated from Greece have boarded a plane in Athens bound for Luxembourg on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. The six families from Syria and Iraq who left Greece on Wednesday mark the start of a program seeking to relocate refugees who have arrived in Greece from nearby Turkey to other European Union countries without them having to make the arduous and often dangerous overland journey across the Balkans on foot. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan migrants sit next to laundry at the Galatsi Olympic Hall in Athens, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. The disused facility, used during the Athens Olympics 2004, reopened a month ago for migrants as more than 600,000 people have arrived in Greece so far this year trying to head to more prosperous European Union countries in the north. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Afghan migrants sit next to laundry at the Galatsi Olympic Hall in Athens, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. The disused facility, used during the Athens Olympics 2004, reopened a month ago for migrants as more than 600,000 people have arrived in Greece so far this year trying to head to more prosperous European Union countries in the north. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

The first 30 refugees to be relocated from Greece have boarded a plane in Athens bound for Luxembourg.

The six families from Syria and Iraq who left Greece on Wednesday mark the start of a program seeking to relocate refugees who have arrived in Greece from nearby Turkey to other European Union countries without them having to make the arduous and often dangerous overland journey across the Balkans on foot.

More than 600,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece so far this year, most of them in the last few months.

Hundreds have died as their overloaded and unseaworthy boats and dinghies overturned or sank in the Aegean. Another four people — two children and two men — drowned Tuesday night.