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UNHCR's Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie greets (C) refugees and migrants during her visit in the port of Piraeus on March 16, 2016. Some 4000 refugees and migrants are stranded in the port due to Balkans route closure. European leaders scrambled Wednesday to salvage an under-fire deal with Turkey to ease the migrant crisis with a round of shuttle diplomacy on the eve of a crunch summit. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, centre, is surrounded by journalists during her visit at the port of Piraeus near Athens, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Jolie spoke Wednesday with refugees in Piraeus, where about 4,000 people are stuck, waiting either to head north to Greeceâs closed border with Macedonia, or for a place in rapidly-filling official shelters. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
ATHENS, GREECE - MARCH 16: Special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie talks to young migrants during her visit to the temporary refugee facilities at the port of Piraeus on March 16, 2016 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
Migrants on a trailer look on as U.S. actress Angelina Jolie leaves from the port of Piraeus near Athens, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Jolie spoke Wednesday with refugees in Piraeus, where about 4,000 people are stuck, waiting either to head north to Greeceâs closed border with Macedonia, or for a place in rapidly-filling official shelters. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, left, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks during a press conference at a Syrian refugee camp, in the eastern city of Zahleh, Lebanon, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks during a press conference at a Syrian refugee camp, in the eastern city of Zahleh, Lebanon, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie holds the hand of a child during her visit at the port of Piraeus near Athens, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Jolie spoke Wednesday with refugees in Piraeus, where about 4,000 people are stuck, waiting either to head north to Greeceâs closed border with Macedonia, or for a place in rapidly-filling official shelters. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, right, waves to refugees and migrants during her visit at the port of Piraeus near Athens, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Jolie spoke Wednesday with refugees in Piraeus, where about 4,000 people are stuck, waiting either to head north to Greeceâs closed border with Macedonia, or for a place in rapidly-filling official shelters. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Refugees and migrants wait to see UNHCR's Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie in the port of Piraeus during her visit on March 16, 2016. Some 4000 refugees and migrants are stranded in the port due to Balkans route closure. European leaders scrambled Wednesday to salvage an under-fire deal with Turkey to ease the migrant crisis with a round of shuttle diplomacy on the eve of a crunch summit. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
UNHCR's Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie greets refugees and migrants in the port of Piraeus during a visit on March 16, 2016. Some 4000 refugees and migrants are stranded in the port due to Balkans route closure. European leaders scrambled Wednesday to salvage an under-fire deal with Turkey to ease the migrant crisis with a round of shuttle diplomacy on the eve of a crunch summit. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - MARCH 16: Special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie talks to young migrants during her visit to the temporary refugee facilities at the port of Piraeus on March 16, 2016 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, is surrounded by journalist during her visit at the port of Piraeus near Athens, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Jolie spoke Wednesday with refugees in Piraeus, where about 4,000 people are stuck, waiting either to head north to Greeceâs closed border with Macedonia, or for a place in rapidly-filling official shelters. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, center, waves to refugees and migrants during her visit at the port of Piraeus near Athens, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Jolie spoke Wednesday with refugees in Piraeus, where about 4,000 people are stuck, waiting either to head north to Greeceâs closed border with Macedonia, or for a place in rapidly-filling official shelters. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, center, prepares to leave, after her visit to the port of Piraeus near Athens, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Jolie spoke Wednesday with refugees in Piraeus, where about 4,000 people are stuck, waiting either to head north to Greeceâs closed border with Macedonia, or for a place in rapidly-filling official shelters. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, leaves an informal Syrian refugee camp, in the eastern city of Zahleh, Lebanon, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks during a press conference at a Syrian refugee camp, in the eastern city of Zahleh, Lebanon, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, left, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks during a press conference during her visit to a Syrian refugee camp, in the eastern city of Zahleh, Lebanon, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie waves as she leaves the Maximou mansion after her meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. American actress and U.N. refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie is in Athens on Tuesday to visit overcrowded shelters, as the number of refugees and migrants nears 44,000. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (L) welcomes Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie prior to a meeting at his office in Athens on March 16, 2016. Angelina Jolie on Wednesday visited refugees stranded in Greece by the closure of borders along the migrant trail to northern Greece. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie listens Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during their meeting in Athens, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. American actress and U.N. refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie is in Athens on Tuesday to meet political leaders and visit overcrowded shelters, as the number of refugees and migrants nears 44,000. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie (R) speaks with Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras prior to a meeting at his office in Athens on March 16, 2016. Angelina Jolie on Wednesday visited refugees stranded in Greece by the closure of borders along the migrant trail to northern Greece. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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PIRAEUS, Greece, March 16 (Reuters) - A day after visiting refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie traveled to Greece on Wednesday to highlight the plight of war-fleeing families stuck in the country.

Jolie visited the temporary offices of U.N. refugee agency UNHCR at the main port of Piraeus near Athens, which has become a makeshift camp for some 4,000 refugees and migrants sleeping in tents on the docks.

Scores of onlookers stood outside the agency's offices to see the Hollywood actress, clapping and cheering when she appeared.

Jolie greeted children and asked the throng of reporters, cameramen and photographers to be more "thoughtful" as she tried to speak with them.

"I'm here to learn and speak with you and the agencies and the government to learn what is happening, ok?," Jolie told one boy. "Try to stay strong."

Angelina Jolie Mobbed on Visit to Meet Migrants

According to a UNHCR press release, Jolie is visiting Greece "to reinforce efforts by UNHCR and the Greek government to step up the emergency response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation."

Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants are stuck in makeshift camps or reception centers in Greece, which has been struggling with the mass influx of migrants from the Middle East.

On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the closing of the main migrant route through the Balkans had created a challenging situation for Greece that should concern all of Europe.

Jolie, whose visit comes ahead of a European Union summit with Turkey over the migrant crisis, was also set to meet with Greece's prime minister.

During her trip to Lebanon, the actress urged world powers to do more to end the Syrian conflict and help the millions who have fled the fighting. (Reporting By Deborah Kyvrikosaios; Writing by Deborah Kyvrikosaios and Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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