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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Greeks' Aid To Refugees May Give Them Bid For Nobel Peace Prize

Academics from several universities are calling for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for residents of six Greek islands providing aid to refugees.

By Ryan Biek | January 24, 2016

Greek islanders' aid to refugees in spite of their country's own economic crisis has many calling for an unusual Nobel Peace Prize nomination. (Video via United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

Academics from Oxford, Princeton, Harvard, Cornell and Copenhagen are working on a submission on behalf of the residents of six Greek islands. (Video via United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

Around 400,000 refugees passed through Greece in 2015. (Video via United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

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At the same time, Greece was facing an unemployment rate of over 25 percent –– which is similar to the level of unemployment during the Great Depression in the U.S.

The nomination would be unusual since the prize can only go to individuals or official organizations. (Video via United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Guardian notes specific individuals, or the "solidarity networks" that arose, will likely become the official nominees to represent the people as a whole. (Video via The Guardian)

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

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