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Germany significantly cuts back refugees’ family reunion from Greece

The German government has significantly cut back on family reunions for refugees arriving from Greece, local media reported. Germany has taken in over a million people and is facing “limited capacity.” German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has reduced the number of asylum-seeker family members allowed into the country from …

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EU suspends funding to NGO aiding refugees in Greece following claims of sexual abuse and corruption

The European Union has suspended funding to a non-government organization (NGO) aiding refugees in Greece pending an investigation into allegations of sexual exploitation and financial corruption, a spokesman for European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has said. “Although these remain allegations under investigation, the Commission is …

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Food poisoning in Souda camp sends 40 refugees and migrants to hospital

Dozens of refugees and migrants from Souda camp on the island of Chios were transported to the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon. Local media report that “according to all indications, the poisoning was caused by the chicken meal they had for lunch.” Two local catering companies in contract with the …

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105 refugees rescued in Eastern Aegean, tension in Chios hot spot

105 refugees were rescued in two different incidents on Friday. A Romanian vessel of Frontex located and rescued 45 refugees and migrants in the sea region of Keramia off the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean Sea. In a second incident, 60 refugees and migrants were rescued in the …

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Prosecutor investigates claims of “genital mutilation” in refugee and migrant girls

The prosecutor of Greece’s Supreme Court ordered an urgent investigation into claims of genital mutilation in juvenile refugee and migrant girls in the country’s’ reception centers. In a press release issued by the Supreme Court, the prosecutor stresses that this practice is “a barbarity that can not be tolerated by …

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Syrian refugees of Kurdish origin on hunger strike in Moria hot spot

Syrian refugees of Kurdish origin continue their hunger strike for sixth consecutive day in the hot spot of Moria on the island of Lesvos. The twelve men protest for long delays in the process of  examining asylum requests by the secondary committees. Eleven of them launched the hunger strike last …

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EU auditors warn Hot Spots in Greece and Italy are overwhelmed

European Union auditors say that migrants centers – the famous Hot Spots – set up in Greece and Italy to fast-track the registration of migrants are overwhelmed and urgently require more experts, particularly to help children. In a report released Tuesday, the auditors say that two more centers known as …

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At least 16 dead when boat with refugees capsizes in the Aegean Sea

At least seven people have drowned when a boat carrying refugees capsized in the Aegean Sea on Monday morning. Two women have been rescued, one of them is in advanced pregnancy. Unconfirmed reports speak of another four bodies to have been washed out on the Turkish coast. A Search and …

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US rocker Chris Cornell visits Elaionas refugee camp in Athens

US rocker Chris Cornell visited a refugee camp in Athens to hear first hand the stories and the plight of people fleeing war. Cornell and his wife Vicky Karayannis visited the Eleonas camp beginning of the month. The camp hosts mostly Afghan refugees. The Cornell family visited the camp together …

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