The Latest: 1st group of refugees to be relocated from Greece heads to Luxembourg

The latest as tens of thousands of people flood into Europe in search of a new life. All times local.

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7:45 a.m.

The first group of refugees to be relocated from Greece has boarded a plane in Athens bound for Luxembourg.

They include six families from Syria and Iraq. They form 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.

On Tuesday night, four people — two children and two men — drowned trying to reach Greece.

— Elena Becatoros, Athens, Greece