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Kythera: 236 refugees stranded in 48 hours on an island with no migrant facilities

The third vessel in the last 48 hours, carrying 67 migrants of various nationalities was located early Thursday at Limnionas on the island of Kythera early Thursday morning. Three Turkish nationals have been arrested as alleged human traffickers. Together with another 166 migrants, mainly from Afghanistan who arrived on Wednesday, …

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39 Syrian refugees finally evacuated from Evros river

After several days and following pressure and general outcry, Greek authorities announced that they had found the stranded refugees in Evros river.  In the previous days Greek Police had announced that they could could not locate the refugees, denying at the same time that they were on Greek territory. “After …

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40 refugees stranded on Evros islet; child dies after scorpion stung; calls on their rescue

A group of some 40 migrants have been stranded on an islet in Evros River since the beginning of August. Among them a 5-year-old girl from Syria that was stung by a scorpion and died. However, the girl’s body remains unburied. Greek authorities call on Turkey to take care of …

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Greek NGOs appeal to Supreme Court for rescue of 50 migrants stranded at Evros islet

Two Greek NGOs tabled a complaint on Tuesday with the Supreme Court of Greece calling for the rescue of 50 Syrian migrants, including 3 pregnant women and 12 children, from an islet on the Evros River, in Greece’s borders with Turkey. The Greek Council for Refugees and HumanRights360 said the …

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Human Rights Court convicts Greece over deadly Farmakonissi migrant boat sinking

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled that Greece violated the European Convention of Human Rights over the sinking of a migrant boat in 2014 in which 11 refugees, among them eight children, lost their lives. The 16 applicants, 13 Afghans, two Syrians and one Palestinian, stated …

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1,130 migrants on 24 boats attempted to cross into Greek waters in 3 days

24 boats carrying a total of 1,130 migrants and refugees attempted to cross into Greek territorial waters in three days, from June 24 morning until June 27, Greek authorities from the Shipping Ministry said on Monday. The boats had left the western coast of Turkey and they attempted to enter …

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Greece denies involvement in alleged migrant shooting at Evros border with Turkey

Greece’s Minister for Citizen Protection denied any involvement in an alleged incident where an Afghan national was killed inside Turkish territory by shots fired from within Greece in the area of the Evros river, the natural border between the two countries. Turkish media claimed on Monday, the incident took place …

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Evros: 5 human traffickers arrested, 20 migrants prevented from entering Greece

Five human traffickers were arrested over the last two days and at least 20 migrants were prevented from entering the country at the Greek-Turkish border region of Evros, the Alexandroupolis and Orestiada police directorates in northern Greece said on Wednesday. The arrests were carried out in two separate instances, with …

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Coast Guard prevents 5 boats with over 450 migrants to enter Greece

Alarm in the Aegean Sea: five boats with dozens of migrants onboard attempted to illegally cross into Greek territorial waters in the early morning hours of Monday. The Greek Coast Guard spotted the boats between the islands of Chios and Samos and th operation is still ongoing on Monday noon. …

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Greece to hire another 250 border guards for Evros region

Greece’s Ministry for Citizen Protection signed a decision to hire 250 border guards to serve at Evros the northeastern land border with Turkey. The decision was signed by Minister Takis Theodorikakos and Deputy Citizen Protection Minister Eleftherios Economou on Sunday. Following the publication of the decision, a proclamation is to …

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Online platform for Ukrainian refugees in Greece opens on March 28

A platform for Ukrainian refugees to apply for temporary protection and identification card will go live on March 28, Migration & Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Sunday. In an interview with Sunday newspaper Real News, Mitsrakis said via the platform the Ukrainian Refugees will register for individual appointments at …

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Greece to send transport mean to Poland for Ukrainian refugees’ resettlement

Greece will send buses or airplanes to Poland to resettle Ukrainean refugees in the country following an appeal by the Polish government, Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Thursday. The appeal came as more than 1.3 million Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland. The minister stressed that the …

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Greece to grant Ukrainian refugees one-year protection status, right to work

The Greek state will provide one-year protection status along with rights to work and medical care to Ukrainian refugees entering Greece, the Migration & Asylum Ministry announced on Wednesday. This will be issued to Ukrainian nationals within 90 days of their entering Greece, as the usual 90-day visa entry requirement …

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Greece’s Forum on Refugees receives a barrage of requests by Ukrainian citizens

The Greek Forum of Refugees said on Wednesday that it is getting phone calls every five minutes from Ukrainian citizens seeking help for themselves or their families, who have been impacted by the war in Ukraine. They ask for information about how a Ukrainian can ask for asylum in Greece, …

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Two migrants die as they tried to cross swollen torrent amid rainstorm in North Greece

A woman who went missing in a mountainous area in Serres regional unit, northern Greece, on Wednesday while trying to cross a swollen torrent amid rainstorms along with a group of migrants was found dead on Thursday. The 24-year-old Iranian national was accompanying her 37-year-old husband who drowned while trekking …

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