efe-epaAthens

Migrant children living in a refugee center in Athens on Monday excitedly opened gifts the Greek migration minister delivered, an epa-efe photojournalist reported.

Migrant children living at the Eleonas government-run camp in Athens —which houses around 2,300 refugees in metallic shipping containers and is considered one of the best camps in the country — were delighted to receive gifts Dimitris Vitsas was handing out on New Year's Eve.

The Eleonas refugee camp — roughly translated the Olive Grove — attempts "to make the endless time residents spent at the camp more pleasant, positive and productive," the project's mission statement explained.

According to the volunteer-led initiative some 2,300 people of various nationalities live on the camp.

The UN Refugee Agency reported 119,575 migrants arrived in Europe in 2018 as of Dec. 31.

Around 2,262 migrants are thought to have died or were reported missing in their attempt to reach Europe.