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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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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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Two policemen arrested for being involved in migrants’ trafficking ring

Two police officers were arrested for being involved in migrants’ trafficking helping migrant to cross from Turkey into Greece via the Evros river. It is the second case in a week where policemen are accused of such illegal actions. The two officers were arrested in Soulfi, North East Greece on …

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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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Greek Police arrests policeman beaten by Pakistani migrants in Nikaia

The police officer who was found to have been beaten by Pakistani nationals in Nikaia was arrested by Greek Police on Friday. The 34-year-old policeman faces charges for robbery in complicity, while police is seeking for two of his accomplices, Greek Police said in a statement. Από τη Διεύθυνση Εσωτερικών …

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200 migrants wade across Evros River into Greece on a single morning

About 200 migrants have waded across the Evros River in Northern Greece from Turkey on a single morning, authorities have said. The number is unusually large, they added. Police said the migrants were mostly families with children and were found early Tuesday after making their way to the side of …

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11 migrants burned alive in car crash in Northern Greece (videos)

Eleven migrants were burned alive in a car crash in Northern Greece early Saturday morning. The frontal crash between a truck and a mini van occurred short after 5:00 a.m. Saturday near the village Sarakina by the town of  Kavala. According to Greek police, the private car was heading to …

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Migrants camp outside police station in Thessaloniki hoping for arrest (video)

Dozens of migrants from Iraq and Iran have been camping on the main square of Thessaloniki  and outside the police station awaiting to be arrested. Once arrested, the police  can give them the necessary documents so that they can apply for asylum, many of them told local media. Families with …

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3,000 migrants from overcrowded Moria to be relocated to mainland

After repeated appeals for asylum-seekers relocation from overcrowded Moria camp in the island of Lesvos, the European Commission reportedly plans to finally take take action. A total of 3,000 people are to be relocated to the Greek mainland. An EU source told New Europe that “the European Commission, having repeatedly alerted …

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Prominent Syrian refugee Mardini arrested over alleged NGO migrants trafficking

Celebrated Syrian refugee, competitive swimmer and Youth Good Will Ambassador Sara Mardini is among the three arrested by Greek police over alleged migrants trafficking by NGO operating on the island of Lesvos. Sara Mardini and Irish national Sean Binder are two of the three NGO members Greek authorities arrested beginning …

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Lesvos prosecutor files against 30 NGO members facilitating migrants trafficking

Greek authorities have struck a blow to a NGO suspected to have been involved in facilitating the illegal arrivals of refugees and migrants to the islands of Lesvos and Samos. The NGO was mainly operating on the island of Lesvos and the hot spot of Moria. Investigation that has lasted …

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Greek director of historical film accused of “staging migrants drowning”

A video that went viral in many countries purported to show a television crew staging migrants drowning on a beach in Crete. Greek Director Eleni Vlassi was shooting a historical documentary on a beach in Crete when, unknowingly, she found herself accused of staging a drowning of migrants by dozens of …

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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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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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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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Merkel & Seehofer agree on “migrants’ transit centers” in the borders with Austria

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and her rebellious interior minister from Bavarian CSU, Horst Seehofer, reached a compromise on migration at almost literally the eleventh hour Monday, averting a government crisis for the time being. Mr. Seehofer, who threatened to resign the previous day, will stay in office. The two agreed …

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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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Switzerland reject migrants’ relocation from Greece and Italy

Switzerland has rejected a second asylum seeker relocation programme proposed by the European Union to relieve the burden on frontier countries like Italy and Greece. According to the SonntagsBlick paper, a spokesperson from the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) has confirmed that currently Switzerland has no plans to renew its commitment to …

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Ambassador Ploetner denies “migrants’ returns trade” between Germany and Greece

German Ambassador to Greece Jens Ploetner  has vehemently rejected speculations that Berlin traded with Athens to accept migrants’ returns in exchange of suspension of VAT hikes on islands hit by the Refugee crisis. In an interview with Kathimerini, Ploetner vehemently denied speculation that the name deal signed between Greece and …

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