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UPD 2000 migrants to return to Greece as Athens Berlin reach agreement

Berlin and Athens have reached an agreement that will allow Germany to return asylum seekers to Greece, a German Interior Ministry spokesperson said on Friday. The agreement will extend to asylum seekers registered in the Eurodac system the spokesperson said. “We have reached an agreement with Greece, the interior ministries …

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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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Two Ukrainians sentenced to 180 years for smuggling migrants to Greece

Two Ukrainians imprisoned in Greece for 180 years for smuggling migrants into the country. Currently, there are about 150 Ukrainians in Greek prisons who are convicted on similar charges.  A court in Greece has sentenced Serhiy Shvayuk, a musician of the Ivano-Frankivsk band Perkalaba, and his friend Petro Lytvynchuk to …

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Tragedy in Evros: Bodies of mother and baby recovered, two children still missing

The body of the 36-year-old mother and the youngest among the three missing children, 12-month-old Bekir  have been  recovered on the Turkish side of the Evros river on Friday afternoon more than 24 hours after the boat capsized/ Turkish media report that the mother was holding the baby in her …

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EU to deploy border guards to FYROM to curb migration

The European Union has struck a deal with FYROM to deploy border guards at the south border of the Balkan country to curb migration. European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Oliver Spasovski, Minister of Interior of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, signed a status agreement that will allow teams from …

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Turkish mother, 3 children missing after boat capsizes in Evros river (video)

A woman and three children are reportedly missing after a boat carrying several Turkish asylum seekers capsized in Evros river along the natural border between Greece and Turkey. the boat was reportedly carrying 9 people, all Turkish citizens fleeing purge. “A boat carrying Turkish purge victims was capsized on Evros …

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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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Farmer in custody for having shot Syrian teenager on Lesvos

A court on the island of Lesvos remanded custody to the 78-year-old farmer who shot and wounded a teenager refugee from Syria last week. Together with his family the 16-year-old asylum seeker had sought refuge in the farmer’s land plot to escape violence in the Moria hot spot nearby. The …

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2,800 refugee children in Greece’s camps attended school in 2018

The Migration Agency of the United nations,  the European Union and Greece’s authorities helped a total of 2,800 refugee and migrant children go back to school in the year 2018.  The UN Migration Agency IOM announced on Friday that almost 2,800 children living in Greece in open-accommodation centres for migrants …

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Commission to give additional €45.6mn to Greece & Spain for migrants

The European Commission has awarded an additional €45.6 million in emergency assistance to support Spain and Greece respond to the migratory challenges they face. Spain will receive €25.6 million to improve the reception capacity for arrivals at its southern coast and in Ceuta and Melilla as well as to help …

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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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Kurz calls for an “Axis of the Willing between Rome-Berlin-Vienna” to combat migration

Austria’s conservative chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, called  for an “axis of the willing” between Rome-Berlin-Vienna” in order to fight illegal migration. A new Axis of Evil like in 1940? For sure the word choice with the terms axis and willing burdened with ugly connotation and war is not a fortunate one. …

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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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Six migrants die in car crash in N. Greece; three children among the dead

At least six people died and ten were injured when a car carrying migrants crashed in Egnatia highway around 9 o’ clock on Friday morning. The vehicle left the road, ‘flew’ over the barriers and crashed on the rocks.  Among the dead are three children, some of the injured are …

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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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