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Turkey says ceasefire agreement with Russia not to change refugee policy

Τhe ceasefire agreement between Turkey and Russia not to change refugee policy, presidential sources in Ankara said on Friday morning. The agreement on a ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province does not require Ankara to change its refugee policy, the sources stressed. “The Russia-Turkey agreement does not require the rollback of …

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Thousands protest rise of xenophobia and hatred in Greece

Thousands of Greeks protested on Thursday evening in the streets of Athens and other cities against the rising xenophobia and hatred after Turkey opened its border gates to thousands of migrants. They held banners reading “Solidarity with Refugees” and “Open Borders.” Πορεία αλληλεγγύης στους πρόσφυγες pic.twitter.com/nCmMGrKvz0 — EFSYN (@EFSYNTAKTON) March …

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Turkey to dispatch 1000 policemen to “prevent pushbacks at Greek border”

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced the dispatch of 1,000 police officers to the country’s North-West border in order to”prevent Greece to push migrants back to Turkey.” In an interview with CNN Turk on Thursday, Soylu said that the EU border protection agency Frontex and Greece have pushed 4,900 migrants …

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Germany sends 1 helicopter, 20 policemen to boost Frontex in Greece

Germany is dispatching to Athens one helicopter and twenty police officers to boost the guarding of the Greek-Turkish border, the German Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.  The police officers will join the EU’s Frontex border control force in Greece, where another sixty German police officers are already posted. Two German …

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US Embassy in Athens issues “Security Alert” over new Migration crisis

The US Embassy in Athens has issued a Security Alert on Wednesday over the new migration crisis. The Embassy highlights as locations where US citizens should be on alert the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos as well as the Evros land border. Particularly about Lesvos and the Evros region, …

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Lesvos: Navy ship to transfer new arrivals to “pre-deportation” camps

A ship of the Greek Navy arrived at the port of Mytilini in Lesvos on Wednesday morning. The ship will house hundreds of refugees and migrants who arrived on the island after March 1, but they are not allowed to submit asylum application following a recent government decision to temporarily …

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Greeks rush to support with donations security forces deployed at Evros

Residents in north-eastern Greece are getting together tons of food and water to show their solidarity with the Greek Armed and Security forces deployed at the border with Turkey to prevent thousands of migrants crossing into Greece. The Evros Health Stores Association distributed water, food, snacks and energy drinks to …

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“Greece has no right to stop accepting asylum applications,” says UNHCR

The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees said on Monday that Greece had no right to stop accepting asylum applications as Athens struggled with a sudden increase of arrivals at its border of Middle East refugees and migrants from Turkey. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday his country …

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Erdogan reiterates “Turkey won’t close its gates to Europe anymore”

It is too late for Turkey to close its borders for migrants to cross into Europe, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday, as he criticized European countries for ignoring Turkey’s calls to respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in northwestern Syria, Turkish media report. Erdogan said that calls from European …

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East Lesvos to set up road blocks to enforce “border” to West Lesvos

Unbelievable decision: Local authorities on the island of Lesvos have decided to set up road blocks and enforce a “border” between the West and the East parts of the island. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting on Sunday, after more than 400 migrants and refugees arrived on the …

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“Migration Crisis” Made in Turkey: : More than 500 people arrive on Aegean islands

Migration Crisis Made in Turkey: More than 500 people have arrived on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos by Sunday noon, while more are reportedly on the way to Greece. The plastic boats started leaving from six different locations in west coast of Turkey since the early morning hours …

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