Europe

UN's Ban praises Greek efforts to assist refugees

  • U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, is welcomed by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The United Nations secretary-general is visiting a charity in Athens, ahead of talks with Greek government officials and a trip to the island of Lesbos, which is at the forefront of Greece's immigration crisis. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, is welcomed by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The United Nations secretary-general is visiting a charity in Athens, ahead of talks with Greek government officials and a trip to the island of Lesbos, which is at the forefront of Greece's immigration crisis. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ban Ki-moon, escorted by police guards leaves the Solidarity Now group offices, which helps victims of Greece's financial crisis and migrants stuck in the country, in Athens, on Friday, June 17, 2016. The United Nations secretary-general is visiting a charity in Athens, ahead of talks with Greek government officials and a trip to the island of Lesbos, which is at the forefront of Greece's immigration crisis. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Ban Ki-moon, escorted by police guards leaves the Solidarity Now group offices, which helps victims of Greece's financial crisis and migrants stuck in the country, in Athens, on Friday, June 17, 2016. The United Nations secretary-general is visiting a charity in Athens, ahead of talks with Greek government officials and a trip to the island of Lesbos, which is at the forefront of Greece's immigration crisis. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, is welcomed by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The United Nations secretary-general is visiting a charity in Athens, ahead of talks with Greek government officials and a trip to the island of Lesbos, which is at the forefront of Greece's immigration crisis. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, is welcomed by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The United Nations secretary-general is visiting a charity in Athens, ahead of talks with Greek government officials and a trip to the island of Lesbos, which is at the forefront of Greece's immigration crisis. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

The United Nations secretary-general has congratulated Greece for its assistance to more than a million refugees and other migrants who have flowed through the country toward Europe's prosperous heartland.

Ban Ki-moon is in Athens for talks with government officials. Later Saturday he will visit refugee camps on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, where most migrants arrive on smuggling boats from Turkey.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras presented Ban with an orange life vest jettisoned by migrants arriving on a Greek beach, which Ban briefly donned — the wrong way round.

Some 3,400 of the 57,000 people stuck in Greece live in refugee camps on Lesbos. Most reached Greece after a deal came into effect between the European Union and Turkey on deporting refugees and other migrants back to Turkey.