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AI: European governments return nearly 10,000 Afghans to risk of death and torture

European governments have put thousands of Afghans in harm’s way by forcibly returning them to a country where they are at serious risk of torture, kidnapping, death and other human rights abuses, Amnesty International said today in a new report. In their determination to increase the number of deportations, European …

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9-year-old refugee girl dies, 25 rescued after boat sinks off Kastellorizo

A tragedy occurred in the sea area northwest of  the island of Kastellorizo, when a boat carrying an unknown number of refugees sank apparently due to bad weather conditions.Although rescued by a Frontex vessel, a 9-year-old girl did not make it and passed away in the health center of the …

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EU plans to resettle more refugees from North Africa, support project with 500mn euros

The European Union unveiled a new plan Wednesday to resettle at least 50,000 refugees, the majority of them from northern Africa. The EU’s executive branch, the European Commission, said it has set aside 500 million euros ($587 million) for the effort. It wants refugees in Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad …

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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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Afghan refugees end protest in Lesvos after police promises to accelerate asylum procedures

For three days, Afghan refugees occupied Sappho Square in the center of Mytilene on the island of Lesvos demanding to have their asylum procedures are accelerated,. Wearing t-shirts with the date of their arrival, they vowed they would not end their protest until they are given a decision on their …

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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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Migrant tries to ‘escape’ Chios hot spot swimming to …unknown destination

A migrant tried to ‘escape’ the island of Chios swimming to …unknown destination. Or was he trying to reach the mainland? The migrant from Afghanistan took an inflatable floaty and just started to swim. He was located on the rocky islet Venetiko in the south of the island by a …

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Mobile Library: the project that makes refugees in Greece happy

While volunteering in refugee camps in Greece, Laura Samira Naude and Esther ten Zijthoff realised that the people they met needed more than food and shelter: they wanted to study, to work for their future and to find a sense of purpose.Naude and Zijthoff launched the project Mobile Library. A true …

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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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EU Commission to give Greece €209mln to help refugees with rent, cash

The European Commission will give Greece 209 million euros ($245 million) in new emergency aid to help refugees stranded in the country rent homes and pay for basics with a cash card, the Commission said on Thursday. About 62,000 refugees and migrants, mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis headed to northern …

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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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