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German-Greek deal on refugee returns advancing but not easy

Talks between Germany and Greece on a deal for refugees returns are fairly advanced, said Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, highlighting that an agreement with Italy still has some time yet. “We are in the process of negotiations,” she said during a joint press conference she gave in Berlin with …

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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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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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Switzerland reject migrants’ relocation from Greece and Italy

Switzerland has rejected a second asylum seeker relocation programme proposed by the European Union to relieve the burden on frontier countries like Italy and Greece. According to the SonntagsBlick paper, a spokesperson from the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) has confirmed that currently Switzerland has no plans to renew its commitment to …

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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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Toddler dies in Refugee Center after falling into camp cesspool

A three-and-a-half year old refugee boy found a tragic death after he fell into the cesspit of the Refugees camp in Thiva, Boeotia, Central Greece, on Monday evening. According to media, the little boy was watching together with his parents other refugees playing football in a small pitch next to …

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Frontex sees a 90% increase of asylum-seekers entering Greece from land border to Turkey

In the first five months of 2018  Greece has been Europe’s top entry point for refugees and migrants. According to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontext, over 19,800 people entered Greece during January – May 2018. At the same time, the land border crossing from Turkey to Greece …

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Fewer refugees arrive in Greece via Evros river but problems remain

Fewer refugees arriving in Greece from Turkey through the Evros river, but problems remain, says the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in a report. The international agency urges efforts to ensure access to asylum and timely registration in Greece’s north-eastern Evros region. As dawn breaks over Greece’s north-eastern Evros region, …

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Greece has ‘wide disparities’ in standards among its migrant detention centers

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) published preliminary observations on its ad hoc visit to Greece and migrant detention centers there from April 10 to April 19 of this year. As reported by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), the CPT, “confirmed the persisting reality …

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Groundbreaking initiative for unaccompanied refugee teenagers in Greece

At a particularly hard moment for the 3,150 unaccompanied children in Greece, with more than 2,300 of them living under precarious conditions – in detention, camps or even on the street and many of the accommodation facilities being shut down – the suggestion of alternative solutions is of crucial importance. …

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Violent clashes among refugees in Skaramagkas hot spot, one injured

Violent clashes among refugees broke out in the hot spot of Skaramagkas in West Attica in the early morning hours of Tuesday. Involved in the clashes were male refugees from Syria and Kurds. One Jurdish man has been injured, probably stabbed with a knife. The clashes were very violent, involved …

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