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European Rights Court slams Greece, France for treatment of migrant children

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has punished Greece and France for their treatment of migrant children in two unrelated cases. The Court ordered Greece to pay 4,000 euros ($4,550) to nine teenagers — six Syrians, two Iraqis, and a Moroccan — who arrived in the country in early …

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CoE Rights group slams “inhumane” treatment of migrants in Greece

The Council of Europe rights body Tuesday condemned the “inhuman and degrading treatment” of migrants and asylum seekers held in Greece, adding it had credible allegations of abuse by police. “Foreign nationals deprived of their liberty by the Greek authorities must be treated humanely and with dignity,” the Council’s European …

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Iraqi refugee family target of Molotov cocktail bombs attack in Thessaloniki

Unknown perpetrators staged an attack with Molotof cocktail bombs against an apartment where refugees from Iraq have been living in Neapoli, Thessaloniki, northern Greece. At the time of the attack, two women and eight children aged 1 to 15 years, were sleeping inside the home, state broadcaster ERT TV reported. …

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UNHCR: Greece made progress in the management of the refugee crisis

“Greece has made progress in the management of refugee crisis,” said Philippe Leclerc, representative of UNHCR in Greece stressing that “there has been progress in the living conditions of the refugees when compared with those existing five years ago. Addressing the Thessaloniki Regional Forum 2019 on Saturday evening, Leclerc said …

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15-year-old missing after migrants boat capsizes off Lesvos

A big Search and Rescue operation is underway in the sea area North-East of the island of Lesvos after a 15-year-old girl went missing following the capsize of a boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece. Despite the bad weather conditions with powerful winds, the boat left the Turkish coast …

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3 children, one adult missing after migrants boat capsizes in Evros River

Three children and one adult have been missing after a migrants boat capsized in Evros River, the natural border between Greece and Turkey. Eight people have been rescued. The inflatable boat was carrying twelve people who were trying to enter Greece illegally early Saturday morning. The boat reportedly busted and …

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Greek Army officer, UK national member of NGO arrested in military area

A Greek army sergeant and a UK national, member of an NGO, have been arrested in a restricted military area in North-Eastern Greece on Sunday. They were arrested by an army patrol and Greek police. According to Greek state agency amna, the two men were taking photographs in a restricted …

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One dead, nine injured in traffic accident with migrants in North Greece

One woman died and nine people were injured in one more traffic accident with migrants in northern Greece. The traffic accident occurred at a side road of Egnatia Highway near Thessaloniki at 8 o’ clock Tuesday morning. According to local media, the driver did not stop at a police signal …

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Almost 6,000 Turkish citizens seek asylum in Greece after failed coup

A total 5,786 Turkish citizens have applied for obtaining refugee status in Greece, since 2016’s failed coup attempt that was followed by a government crackdown, Turkish media reported on Sunday. According to a report by Diken attributed to the Greek Ministry of Immigration Policies, the number of Turks seeking asylum …

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Greece arrests 5,633 at airports trying to leave the country with fake ID

Greek authorities say they have arrested 5,633 people, mostly migrants, so far this year for trying to fly out of the country with forged identity papers — with sharp increases in arrests at key airports. Police said the largest number of arrests was at Iraklion airport on Crete, where 1,511 …

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Child dies, 27 injured when migrants van collides with truck in Thessaloniki

A 4-year-old child died and 27 people were injured when a van transferring migrants collided with a truck on the old national highway Thessaloniki-Kavala on Friday night. Among the injured are five children with the youngest to be a 5-month-old baby. Injured are also two traffickers who are hospitalized guarded.  …

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Migrant crossing via Evros river sees sharp increase in October

Authorities in northern Greece have reported a sharp increase in migrant crossings at the country’s land border with Turkey along with a rise in arrests of smuggling suspects. Authorities say migrant crossings at GR-Turkey border 82 percent higher in October than previous year. The number of migrants registered and arrested …

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First grocery store by refugees for refugees to open on Samos

A new grocery store is about to open on the island of Samos, one of the five Greek islands that have received the main inflow of refugees. However, this store will be different form the others: It will be run by a refugees’ cooperative and its customers will be refugees …

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Triple crime on migrants in Evros: Victims were mother and two daughters

DNA tests on the bodies of three women recently stabbed to death revealed that the victims were a mother and her two underage daughters. Authorities did not give any further details about the victims other than the DNA match. Initial information had suggested the mother was around 35 years old …

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Migrant woman, two underage children missing when dinghy capsizes in Evros river

A migrant woman and her two underage children are reportedly missing in the Evros river the natural border between Greece and turkey. A 50-year-old Iraqi national reportedly turned to authorities saying that his wife and two children aged 12 and 3 went missing while they were crossing the river and …

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Portugal “ready to receive refugees from Greece,” says minister Cabrita

Portugal is to discuss with Greece how refugee reception is to be carried out by the Greek authorities, the minister of internal administration Eduardo Cabrita said on Tuesday. Eduardo Cabrita, who began a two-day official visit to Greece on Monday, said Portugal was ready to receive migrants from refugee camps …

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2 children dead, 10 people missing after refugee boat capsizes 50m from shore

Two children died and some ten people are missing when an inflatable boat capsized 50 meters from the shore in Bodrum, Turkey, short before 6 o’ clock Monday morning. There were mostly women and children and even a baby on board of the 6-meter inflatable boat that was supposed to …

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13 migrants injured when car bursts into flames following accident in police chase

Thirteen migrants were injured with two of them in critical condition after the car they were in burst into flames. The jeep-type car slipped off the road on the old Kavala Thessaloniki highway in North Greece  early Sunday afternoon. Firefighters  managed to pull the passengers and the driver in time. …

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Skoutari: 105 pupils abstain from school in protest of 10 refugee children

Only 25 pupils from 130 in total went to primary school of Skoutari, in Northern Greece, on Friday. 105 pupils abstained from classes in protest of 10 refugee children who started their education in the school. It was in fact the parents and the guardians of the 105 pupils who …

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