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RSF Press Freedom Index: Greece among worst performers in EU

Greece is among the worst performers in press freedom issues withing the European Union, according to the annoual index 2021 published by watchdog Reporters without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday. Some European countries lead the world in respect for media freedom, yet the situation across the EU is growing increasingly heterogeneous. …

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Migrant departures exceeded arrivals in first quarter of 2021, says Greek Migration Ministry

“A positive balance of departures relative to arrivals continued in the first quarter of 2021,” according to the monthly data released by the Migration and Asylum Μinistry on Friday. Ιn the period spanning January-March 2021, 3,072 migrants and refugees left Greece, while 1,597 arrived via the Aegean islands and Evros. …

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Electronic surveillance network to safeguard Greece’s borders at Evros

An electronic surveillance network will safeguard Greece’s borders to Turkey at the region of Evros. Equipped with radars and cameras, the network installation is underway and will include eleven pillars along the Evros river in Greece’s North-East. The 11 pillars are along the river and the cameras have a range …

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Turkye’s coast guard harass Greek coast guard, tries to push migrant dinghies (video)

Greece’s Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis accused Turkey of seeking to escalate tension afterthe Greek Coast Guard reported harassment by a boat of the Turkish Coast Guard and that it escorted boats carrying migrants into Greek territorial waters. The harassment took place on Friday morning in the sea area North-East of …

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EU commissioner Johansson met with with protests while visiting camps on Lesvos and Samos

The visit of EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson on the island of Lesvos and Samos  was met with protests by both locals and refugees. As the Commissioner visited the camps to discuss the new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum and funding to Greece, charities warned that the …

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Biden invites PM Mitsotakis to WH, holds online event to honor 25. March

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and US President Joe Biden on Thursday night held their first phone call since the latter took office in January. The US President invited the Greek PM to the White House and held an online event replaceing the traditional reception to commemorate the Greek Independence …

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Migration Minister jeered by far-right protesters over new migration camp (videos)

Chanting “traitors” and slogans with homophobic content, residents of Orestiada jeered Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis earlier on Monday. The angry mob booed and threw waters bottles, crackers and eggs at the minister visiting the broader area of Evros in north-eastern Greece bordering Turkey. They were holding Greek flags, …

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Program to house asylum seekers in hotels concluded, says Migration Ministry

“Filoxenia”, the program to house asylum seekers at hotels throughout Greece, has concluded and contracts will not be renewed, the Migration & Asylum Ministry said on Thursday. Currently there are only 130 asylum seekers housed at a total of three hotels in Greece and they will be transferred to existing …

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Polyphonic Caravan selected for UNESCO Register of Safeguarding Epirus folk songs

The Polyphonic Caravan, a project researching, safeguarding and promoting the Epirus polyphonic song has been selected in 2020 on the UNESCO Register of Good Safeguarding Practices The Polyphonic Caravan is a longstanding project aimed at researching, safeguarding and promoting the Epirus polyphonic song. Performed for centuries, the Epirus polyphonic song …

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Lesvos: Border guards, policeman suspended for beating refugees (video)

Three border guards and one policeman have been suspended from service after a video showed them beating two refugees outside a supermarket of the island of Lesvos, the Chief of the Greek Police announced on Saturday morning. An internal investigation has been launched against the four, the statement added. Police …

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Amnesty International calls for end of police violence, impunity in Greece

Amnesty International is calling for the end of police violence and officers’ impunity in Greece following the recent excessive use of force or the use of illegal force. In its call the Greek chapter of AI urges people raise their voices and to sign a petition that will be sent …

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FRONTEX Chief urged to resign over pushbacks following EP hearing

European Union lawmakers lashed out Tuesday at the head of Frontex Fabrice Leggeri over allegations that the border and coast guard agency helped illegally stop migrants or refugees entering Europe, calling for his resignation and demanding an independent inquiry. The lawmakers grilled Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri over an investigation in …

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Council of Europe report calls on Greece to stop pushbacks, reform its immigration detention system

Council of Europe’s anti-torture Committee calls on Greece to reform its immigration detention system and stop pushbacks. In a report published on Thursday, on a rapid reaction ad hoc visit to Greece in March 2020, the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) once again urges the Greek authorities to change …

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