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Greece to extend border wall to stop migrants, wants EU help

The government says it will renew a request for European Union funds in 2022 to extend a border wall along the country’s frontier with Turkey and promised to expand a powerful surveillance network aimed at stopping migrants entering the country illegally. A public order minister, Takis Theodorikakos, told a parliamentary …

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7 migrants killed, 8 injured when car crashes at Egnatia highway during police chase

Seven migrants were killed and another eight were injured when the car that was transporting them crashed on Egnatia highway by Xanthi in northern Greece. Two of the injured are reportedly in critical condition. According to local media, the mini van was driving on the Komotini-Xanthi section, when police made …

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Greece tries to repatriate to Pakistan and Bangladesh 250 migrants

Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Monday that efforts were underway to repatriate the Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals who arrived in the country as migrants on board the Turkish-flagged cargo ship rescued on Sunday. Minister Mitarakis said that “for me it is a top priority to agree …

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375 migrants onboard of Turkish-flagged vessel disembark on Kos

375 migrants on board of a Turkish-flagged cargo ship disembarked at the port of the island of Kos in the early morning hours of Sunday and were transferred to the local Reception and Identification Migrant Center, Greece’s Migration and Asylum ministry said in a statement on Sunday. A woman had …

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Cargo ship with 400 migrants heads for safe port, says Greek Coast Guard

A small cargo ship with about 400 migrants on board that suffered engine problems in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the island of Crete is being led to a safe anchorage in Greece, the Greek coast guard said Friday. A coast guard statement said the Turkish-flagged freighter was located by …

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Tragedy in the Aegean: Woman, 4 children die after migrants boat sinks off Chios

The bodies of one woman and four children have been recovered out of six people believed to be missing after a dinghy carrying 27 migrants capsized and sank off the south-east coast of the island of Chios early Tuesday morning. According to state broadcaster ERT, the woman and two children …

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Τanker rescues some 150 migrants on a wooden boat south off Peloponnese

Greece’s coast guard on Friday launched a search and rescue operation after a boat carrying around 150 people believed to be migrants ran into trouble off the country’s southwestern coast. The coast guard said a passing cargo ship raised the alarm after coming across the wooden boat, which was taking …

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Police officer arrested for stealing money from migrants

A police officer was arrested on Friday for stealing money belonging to two migrants at a pre-detention in Peloponnese. According to a police announcement on Saturday, the officer  was serving in the pre-departure detention center for migrants in Corinth in southern Greece and was arrested ror theft and breach of …

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Greece calls on EU to help countries stop influx of Afghan migrants into Europe

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday called on the EU to help countries neighbouring Afghanistan to stop a new influx of migrants into Europe from the Taliban-controlled country. The return of the hardline group to power in Kabul on 15 August has plunged the future of many Afghans into …

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Number of migrants on Lesvos drops under 5,000 for the first time since 2016

The number of refugees and migrants on the island of Lesvos has dropped below 5,000 for the first time in 2016, the Migration Ministry said on Tuesday. In the figures released, the ministry said there are 4,994 people on the North Aegean island that bore the brunt of migration flows. …

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Fire at migrants’ camp on Samos; two asylum seekers detained

Police detained two asylum seekers after a fire broke out in the Migrants’ Reception and Identification Center camp on the island of Samos early Friday morning. Ten firefighters with 5 trucks rushed to the area and extinguished the fire before it would create big damage. According to local media samosvoice, …

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Greece seeks bids to build closed camps for migrants on the islands

Greece has launched a European Union-wide tender to build two closed-type facilities replacing migrant camps on its islands, a move that has been criticised by a leading human rights advocate. The conservative government first announced in late 2019 its plan to move asylum-seekers to closed holding centres as part of …

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Kara Tepe evacuation started, migrants moved to …temporary fenced camp nearby

The first 54 of some 600 migrants who currently stay at the Kara Tepe reception and identification center on Lesvos island were transferred to a temporary fenced camp nearby early Saturday morning. The evacuation has been made in view of Kara Tepe shutting down in a few days’ time, the …

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Turkey escorts boats with migrants to European borders, says Greece in letter to EU

Turkish Coast Guard and Port Authority vessels are escorting inflatable boats with migrants towards European borders, Migration & Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi charged on Monday in a letter to the European Commission. Addressing it to European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johannson, Mitarachi said that “it …

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