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Closed centers on Greece’s islands to “operate in parallel” with hotspots

The Greek government plans to operate the pre-departure centers on the five Aegean islands in parallel with the existing reception centers (hotspots.) This is said in a letter by Minister for Citizen Protection to the European Commissioner for Human Rights. In November, the Greek government has said that the hotspots …

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Pre-departure center on Lesvos to be built in forest fire zone (video)

The Greek government plans to built the pre-departure center for migrants and refugees on the island of Lesvos inside a forest fire zone. The structure is scheduled to host up to 7,000 people, its construction is expected to start this week. According to an exclusive report by local media stonisi, …

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Pope Francis sends aide to Lesvos to bring 33 refugees to Rome

The Vatican says Pope Francis has dispatched a close aide to the Greek island of Lesvos to bring back 33 asylum-seekers to Rome. During his visit to Moria in 2016, the Pope had taken three Syrian families, a total of 12 people with six children among them, to the Holy …

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Greek Helsinki Monitor sues ex PM Samaras over “racist” statements

The Greek Helsinki Monitor has filed two lawsuits against former prime minister, Antonis Samaras, and current Shipping Minister, Yannis Plakiotis, for “spreading false news on racist motives and public incitement to discrimination and hatred against refugees.” The lawsuits refer to a speech by Samaras at the New Democracy congress on …

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EC Vice: Europe either shows solidarity on Migration or stops being Europe

Europe will either show solidarity on the migration issue or ceases to be Europe, European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas said on Sunday, at the New Democracy (ND) party’s 13th congress in Athens. Speaking of the migration issue, the Greek Commissioner said that the country was holding its own in …

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UNHCR chief Grandi says Europe must do more for Greece and refugees

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi sent a message to Europe to do more for Greece after his visit to Kara Tepe refugees’ camp on the island of Lesvos on Wednesday. Grandi said that Europe should do more for Greece which is part of the European Union adding …

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No Child alone: PM Mitsotakis to start new program for unaccompanied minors

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a new scheme to protect unaccompanied migrant minors reaching the country, two days after condemning other EU states for their lack of solidarity. The prime minister’s office will take charge of the new “No Child Alone” programme, which he said was designed to protect …

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EU 27 reject Greece’s request for distribution of unaccompanied children

Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said that European Union member-states failed  to respond to the Greek request to take in 3,000 unaccompanied minors currently living in refugee camps and other facilities around the country. Speaking in the Parliament on Friday, Mitsotakis said on the distribution of 3,000 unaccompanied children in the …

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Minister for Citizen Protections issues deadline for squats evacuations

Minister for Citizen Protection, Michalis Chrysochoidis, has issued an …ultimatum for those occupying squats: they have 15 days to evacuate them. In a statement, the Minister calls for the evacuations of the squats and notes that in the case of asylum seekers residing in these occupied buildings, they should be …

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9-month-old baby dies of dehydration in overcrowded Moria camp

A 9-month-old baby died of dehydration in the overcrowded Moria camp on the island of Lesvos, Medicins Sand sFrontiers/Doctors Without Borders announced late on Saturday. The baby’s parents are asylum-seekers from Congo. We have been confirmed today by the local hospital in #Lesbos that a 9 month old baby has …

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EU Migration management in Greece & Italy has not reached full potential

The European union should step up action on asylum, relocation and return of migrants to better meet the objectives of its support, said the Migration report on Greece and Italy published by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) published on Wednesday. The Migration report states among others that emergency relocation …

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Erdogan: “Turkey could release ISIS militants, send them to Europe”

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Europeans that “Turkey could release all the ISIS  prisoners and send them to Europe, together with millions of refugees and migrants.” Erdogan’s threats are Turkey’s response to the EU sanctions over Cyprus. Speaking to reporters before his visit to the United States, Erdogan also said …

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Riot police evacuates one more squat in Exarchia

Riot police squads were deployed before dawn to Exarchia district of Athens to evacuate a squat where 138 refugees and migrants were living. The people, men, women and children, were transferred with buses to the migration office for identification. Those with legal papers will be transferred to hosting facilities, those …

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