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Human Rights Watch: Greece’s Asylum overhaul threatens refugees’ rights

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Greece to remove specific articles on its new Asylum draft Law as they threaten to restrict access to protection for asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Greek parliament should scrap provisions in a new bill that threaten to limit asylum seekers’ access …

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Greece urged Turkey to “stop using refugees as tools for political pressure”

Both the Greek Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs responded to Turkey’s allegations that Greece mistreats refugees and illegally pushes them back. Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, urged Ankara to be “very careful when it refers to Greece,” and to stop using refugees as tools for political pressure. “Refugees …

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Crete mayors agree to host 400 unaccompanied refugee minors

Mayors on the island of Crete have agreed to host 400 unaccompanied refugee minors in accommodation structures. This was decided in a meeting between the Regional Union of Municipalities of Crete and the Deputy Labor Minister, Domna Michailidou. According to the plan, about 400 children will be accommodated on the …

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Local protesters block 380 asylum seekers from settling in Vrasna hotels

Greek authorities were forced to abandon plans to settle 380 refugees in hotels of the seaside village Vrasna of Volvi Municipality, North Greece, due to fierce protests by locals. Nine buses with 380 asylum seekers, among them many families and children, arrived in the area on Tuesday afternoon. The majority …

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Kos: Toddler drown, 2 missing when Coast Guard rams refugee boat

One toddler drown, another one and one man are missing, and nine people got injured when a vessel of the Greek Coast Guard rammed a boat carrying refugees and migrants off the island of Kos in the early morning hours of Wednesday. On board of the boat were 34 people. …

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Greek authorities on high alert for jihadists escaping from Syrian prisons

Greek security officials have been placed on high alert due to concerns that Islamic State jihadists who have escaped from North Syrian prison may seek their repatriation in Europe, using Greece as a bridge. In cooperation with the Europol, the Greeks will try to tighten security in the country’s land …

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Crete: Dramatic rescue of teenager girl after 12 hours in the sea (video)

For more than 12 hours, a teenager girl was struggling against the sea waves off Agios Nikolaos on the island of Crete. The 18-year-old girl fell into the sea on Thursday morning in an effort to catch her bag fallen in the water. The area was rocky, she slipped and …

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Mitsotakis: EU adopted resolution that Greece must be supported in Migration management

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday that European Council adopted a resolution that Greece must be supported in the management of migration flows, at the insistence of the Greek side. “I would like to emphasize that point 8 of the conclusions wasadded after our urgent intervention. EU support for …

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Police arrests 12 asylum seekers for the incidents and fire in Samos hot spot

Police on the island of Samos has arrested 12 foreign nationals aged 15-34 as responsible for the brawl and the attacks that left three people injured on Monday as well as for the fire in the hot spot. Seven of those arrested are charged for involvement in the incidents inside …

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Samos: Big fire in the hot spot hosting 5,700 people (videos) UPD

A fire broke out at the Reception and Identification Center of the islands of Samos late on Monday evening. According to initial media reports, the situation is serious, tents and buildings are burning down. A big force of firefighters is trying to extinguish the blaze. Thousands of refugees and migrants …

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Police, Coast Guard crack down traffickers transporting drugs from Albania to Turkey(videos)

Greek Police and Coast Guard have cracked down a criminal ring that was trafficking drugs from Albania to Turkey via Greece. The traffickers were using a cave on a Greek island as storage for their drugs. They would exchange the cannabis for heroin from Turkey and bring it back to …

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“Scorched Hearts”: Moria women hold “sit-in” protest

Holding cardboard banners reading “Scorched Hearts”, about 200 women asylum seekers from Moria held a peaceful “sit-in” on Monday evening, a day after an Afghan woman lost her life in the fire tragedy. The protesters walked 300 meters outside the entrance of the Moria camp and sat on the street. …

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“Only one woman died died in Moria fire,” says Greek Health Ministry

Moria

More than twelve hours after the fire in container in the hot spot of Moria and there was still confusion about the number of dead. Greek Health Ministry issued a statement on Monday morning speaking of only “one dead woman.” While media continued to reproduce the rumors about one dead …

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Moria: One Afghan woman and her child die in container fire

UPDATE A woman from Afghanistan and her child are the victims of the fire that broke out in a container in the refugee camp of Moria on the island of Lesvos on Sunday afternoon. State-run news agency amna reports that the body of the woman was transferred to the hospital …

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AP: Greek Migration Minister backs new funds for Turkey

Greece’s migration minister Giorgos Koumutsakos urged the incoming European Commission to renew a funding commitment to Turkey to stop migrants reaching the European Union. Koumoutsakos told The Associated Press in an interview on Friday that Athens would also welcome an enhanced NATO presence and tougher international patrolling off Greek islands …

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