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UPD 2000 migrants to return to Greece as Athens Berlin reach agreement

Berlin and Athens have reached an agreement that will allow Germany to return asylum seekers to Greece, a German Interior Ministry spokesperson said on Friday. The agreement will extend to asylum seekers registered in the Eurodac system the spokesperson said. “We have reached an agreement with Greece, the interior ministries …

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Europeans are no longer shocked by pictures of drowned children

Europeans are no longer shocked by pictures of drowned migrants and refugees children.Their pictures no longer make it to headlines. The urgency Europe felt following the death of  3-year-old refugee boy Kurdi washed ashore a Turkish shore in 2015 appears to have dissipated. Just look at the direction in which …

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Two Ukrainians sentenced to 180 years for smuggling migrants to Greece

Two Ukrainians imprisoned in Greece for 180 years for smuggling migrants into the country. Currently, there are about 150 Ukrainians in Greek prisons who are convicted on similar charges.  A court in Greece has sentenced Serhiy Shvayuk, a musician of the Ivano-Frankivsk band Perkalaba, and his friend Petro Lytvynchuk to …

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19 drowned, at least 28 missing in migrants shipwreck north off Cyprus

For one more time, the sea becomes the deep blue grave for men, women and children trying to flee the conflict in Syria and seek a better, peaceful life.  At least 19 people were drowned when a boat carrying 150 refugees and migrants sank off Yalusa located in the occupied …

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Commission to give additional €45.6mn to Greece & Spain for migrants

The European Commission has awarded an additional €45.6 million in emergency assistance to support Spain and Greece respond to the migratory challenges they face. Spain will receive €25.6 million to improve the reception capacity for arrivals at its southern coast and in Ceuta and Melilla as well as to help …

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Ambassador Ploetner denies “migrants’ returns trade” between Germany and Greece

German Ambassador to Greece Jens Ploetner  has vehemently rejected speculations that Berlin traded with Athens to accept migrants’ returns in exchange of suspension of VAT hikes on islands hit by the Refugee crisis. In an interview with Kathimerini, Ploetner vehemently denied speculation that the name deal signed between Greece and …

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EU leaders compromise on vague conclusions and “controlled migration centers”

After a long sleepless night and a session that lasted approximately 14 hours, the 28 European Union leaders managed to reach a compromise and agreed to adopt the conclusions on the hot potato that is called: Migration. The rift within the EU on the issue is bigger than ever before …

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Greece hosts 58,000 refugees and migrants in early June, says UNHCR

The number of refugees, asylum seekers and people with no citizenship in Greece totaled 58,000 in early June, according to figures released by the Greek chapter of the UNHCR on Wednesday, World Refugee Day. Sabine Wahning, head of the Thessaloniki office, says that there is a rising trend in the …

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