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Workers in Greece’s asylum service launch a 2-day strike

Greek asylum service employees on short-term contracts have launched a two-day strike to protest what they say are months-long delays in their salary payments. Their union says they have not been paid for two or three months. A statement says several employees living in rented accommodation face the threat of …

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EU states begin returning refugees to Greece

European Union member states like Germany, UK and others to send asylum seekers back to where they first sought refuge, despite the continued economic strife in Greece. European countries are poised to begin the process of returning refugees to Greece, as migrants seeking reunification with their family members – mostly …

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Bulgarian Defense Minister calls for use of force against migrants at the borders

The European Union should use military means to defend its external borders from migrants entering illegally, Bulgaria’s defense minister, Krasimir Karakachano, has said. Krasimir Karakachanov, whose far-right United Patriots party is a junior coalition partner in Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s government, said: “We cannot allow illegal immigrants to come to Europe …

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First Refugees in Attica receive European Qualifications Passports

The first groups of refugees have received European Qualifications Passports after successfully passing an evaluation process to verify their higher education credentials. Fifty-four refugees, mostly from Syria, living in refugee camps in Attica, Greece have received the documentation through the first two rounds of the Council of Europe’s “Recognition of …

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MSF: Dramatic deterioration for vulnerable asylum seekers on Lesvos

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has released a new report highlighting the drastic deterioration of the care and protection for vulnerable people in Lesbos, Greece, who have fled from violence and wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and suffer from post-war psychological trauma. “Vulnerable people are falling through the cracks and are …

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Asylum seekers clash with police in Moria frustrated about living conditions and asylum delays

Migrants clashed with police in and around the hot spot Moria on the island of Lesvos on Tuesday after they staged a protest about the poor living conditions and delays in asylum procedures. According to local media, the protest was staged by a group of African migrants, who set gabrage …

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CoachActivism 2017 offers pro-bono sessions to volunteers working with refugees

Are you currently a volunteer working with refugees in Greece or Portugal? Do you want to know how to prevent burn-out, develop professional skills and  process with work efficiency? For the second year volunteers and front line workers working with refugees have the opportunity to receive pro-bono support from professional …

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Culture Minister accompanies refugees to Acropolis on World Refugee Day

A group of refugees from Schisto Accommodation Centre in western Attica got a rare opportunity. To visit the historical monument of Acropolis and the Parthenon. The visit was organized by the Ministry of Culture on the occassion of World Refugee Day on June 20. Minister Lydia Koniordou accompanied the group. …

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