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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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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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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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CoachActivism 2017 offers pro-bono sessions to volunteers working with refugees

Are you currently a volunteer working with refugees in Greece or Portugal? Do you want to know how to prevent burn-out, develop professional skills and  process with work efficiency? For the second year volunteers and front line workers working with refugees have the opportunity to receive pro-bono support from professional …

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Culture Minister accompanies refugees to Acropolis on World Refugee Day

A group of refugees from Schisto Accommodation Centre in western Attica got a rare opportunity. To visit the historical monument of Acropolis and the Parthenon. The visit was organized by the Ministry of Culture on the occassion of World Refugee Day on June 20. Minister Lydia Koniordou accompanied the group. …

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Airbnb platform Open Homes helps refugees find temporary shelter

Short-term property rental platform Airbnb has announced that it will be helping to find housing for some 35,000 asylum seekers trapped in Greece. Property owners can offer to host refugees from one night to up to three months. Over the weekend, Airbnb unveiled an ambitious new platform in order to …

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Migration Minister says 20,000-25,000 refugees to remain in Greece if EU Turkey deal continues

Greek Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas said that 20 to 25 thousands refugees will remain in Greece if the EU Turkey deal stands. At the same time, he expressed concern about the increasing influx of refugees and migrants on the Greek islands. Speaking to Skai TV on Tuesday, Mouzalas said if …

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Greek police clears out migrant camp at Hellinikon airport, tension with reporters

Greek police along with authorities representatives, officials from the International Organization for Migration and interpreters, conclude the clearing out of a makeshift migrants camp at the premises of the old Athens airport Hellinikon. Buses arrived at the camp on Friday morning, by noon they had left the area with 168 …

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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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