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Greece helps Merkel win the elections, accepts asylum-seekers returns

Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas has confirmed that Germany will start returning newly-arrived asylum seekers to Greece, effectively ending a five-year suspension of such transfers due to the poor conditions in the debt-hit country. In an interview with German public television station ARD show “Report Mainz,” due to be aired on …

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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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Greece alleged to illegally push-back to Turkey Erdogan’s critics seeking asylum

A Human Rights institute in Sweden accuses Greece of breach of European and International laws by sending back Turkish citizens seeking asylum in an effort to escape the purge by the country’s political leadership. According to allegations, the Greek government has started to apply these practices “as of mid-May”. The …

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Malta suggests bonus or fine of €60,000 per asylum seeker to end EU migration row

EU countries would get €60,000 for every asylum seeker they take in above their EU-set quota as part of a plan drawn up the government of Malta that currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of Europe. The government of the island state believes that financial incentives will persuade EU …

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‘A year of suffering’: HRW report on EU Turkey Deal anniversary

The EU Turkey deal has trapped thousands of people in abysmal conditions on the Greek islands for the past year, while denying most access to asylum procedures and refugees protection, Human Rights Watch said today. This assessment of conditions is released ahead of the first anniversary of the agreement, signed on March …

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Austria to stop giving food and shelter to rejected asylum seekers

Austrian authorities would not have to provide food and accommodation to migrants who are denied asylum and refuse to leave the country, under a draft law approved by the government Tuesday. The bill aims at encouraging asylum seekers to leave voluntarily. “The first thing is basically that they don’t get anything from the …

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EU relocation scheme failed: Less than 13,000 relocations in 2016

The relocation scheme of the European Union has blatantly failed. From the target of 6,000 relocations per month, less than 13,000 people have been relocated form Greece to other EU-member countries within the whole year 2016. According to data released by the Relocation Unit of the Asylum Service, the total …

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Germany insists on sending asylum seekers back to Greece

Germany wants to reinstate EU rules, the so-called Dublin regulation, which obliges asylum seekers to be sent back to Greece as the first EU country they reached, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in an interview. Due to deficiencies in Greece’s asylum processing system and the large number of migrants …

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Greece’s New Legislation for Asylum Seekers – Summary in ENG

Below is a Summary of Greece’s New Asylum Legislation voted last week. The Legislation was approved by the Greek Parliament in order to facilitate the implementation of Eu Turkey Deal. The Bill contains important charges for asylum seekers. Summary in English Greece’s New Asylum Legislation: What Will Change? April 4, …

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AI urges EU to sanction Greece for its refugees and migrants practices

“The European Union  must sanction Greece for its widespread practice of pushing back refugees and migrants,” said Amnesty International in its “Greece: Frontier of hope and fear”” published on Tuesday. According to AI, with this practice Greece violates its international human rights obligations and urges the EU to use its …

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Greek Police set up phone line to report racist attacks

Greek police started a service where victims and concerned citizens can report incidents of racist attacks. Under telepone number <11414> any Greek or foreigner can report racism motivated attacks. Departments and Offices of Racial Violence Response went in effect on Monday, January 17th 2013. The assigned offices will  collect data …

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