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Greece decides to decongest hotspots, change asylum procedures

The mass arrival of migrants and refugees on Lesvos two days ago, alerted the Greek government with Prime Minister Kyrakos Mitsotakis to have called for an urgent meeting of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) on Saturday morning. Decongestion of the hotspots on the islands, and especially …

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Urgent action needed in Greece to save refugees’ lives before winter sets in

Ten thousand asylum seekers are now living in cramped conditions in a camp that was designed for 3,500 people. With no proper accommodation or even sleeping bags to face the fast approaching winter, the safety of these desperate people is now at risk”, says Benedicte Giæver, Executive Director of NORCAP. …

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France to lend Parthenon metope to Greece for 2021 celebrations

French President Emmanuel Macro has accepted the proposal by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to lend a metope from the Parthenon currently at the Louvre Museum to Greece. The metope that is displayed at the Louvre Museum will be exhibited at the Acropolis Museum in Athens during the 2021 celebrations …

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Decongration of islands, acceleration of asylum procedures is Gov’t priorities

A new ‘corridor’ of refugee and migrants flows has been formed in the last months between Alexandroupolis and Samothrace, in North-East Greece, Deputy Minister for Migration Policy at the Foreign Ministry, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, said in an interview with Kathimerini newspaper. “At the same time, we see a 44-percent increase in …

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Frontex implicated in migrant abuse in Greece Bulgaria, Hungary

New reports place the EU border agency Frontex at scenes of brutality against migrants. The border guards of Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary have been found to be especially brutal. German and British media published reports on Monday that place the European Union border agency Frontex at the scene of illegal …

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Dozens of Greek expats end up as homeless in Australia

Dozens of Greeks left the country seeking a better future in Australia. The modern times “economic migrants” from Europe, however, ended up in the streets of Melbourne as homeless. “As incredible as it may sound in Melbourne, there are Greeks who live on the streets,” reports Australian TV network SBS …

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Labor minister blocks social security AMKA for refugees, non-EU nationals

Labor and Social Affair Minister, Nikos Vroutsis, has cancelled a ministerial decision regarding the issuing of social security number (AMKA) to migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied refugee children and non-EU nationals. The decision, in fact a circular signed by three SYRIZA ministers for Health, Migration and Social Solidarity was issued on …

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Israel will shun new Greek Minister with antisemitic past

Israel will not work with Greece’s new Agricultural Development and Food Minister Makis Voridis because of his antisemitic past, a senior diplomatic told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. Voridis was sworn in Tuesday along with 50 new ministers following Sunday’s election, which proved victorious for the New Democracy Party led …

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HRW calls on PM Mitsotakis to protect rights of refugee children

The Human Rights Watch is calling on the new Greek government to protect Children, asylum seekers, people with disabilities. In an open letter to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the HRW says that he should demonstrate that he intends to put protecting human rights high on his agenda, Human Rights Watch …

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13 Greek NGOs call for immediate release of Carola Rackete

Thirteen Greek humanitarian organization support the German captain Carola Rackete currently in Italian custody and call on the European institutions, the political forces, the state and judicial authorities in Italy to protect her rights as well as the rights of people she saved. Furthermore, they call for the immediate release …

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22nd Antiracist Festival in Goudi Park, Athens, June 28, 29, 30

The 22nd Antiracist Festival kicks off at Goudi Park in Athens over the weekend, June 28-30, 2019. organizers are antiracist and migrants organizations. Concerts, discussions, programs for kids and playground as well as delicacies from twenty countries for three days in Athens. In a press release, organizers said: “The 22nd …

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Finance Ministry extends reduced V.A.T. for 5 islands in the Aegean

The Finance Ministry has extended the implementation of reduced Value Added Tax V.A.T. for five islands in the Aegean Sea for another six months. The five islands are these that have been receiving the largest migrants inflows. According to the Finance Ministry decision the reduced V.A.T. will be valid for …

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Greeks send Golden Dawn member on trial to EU Parliament

Greek voters have sent member of far-right Golden Dawn Yiannis Lagos to the European Parliament although he is on trial and not allowed to leave Greece. According to the elections results so far, GD won two seats in the EP. Together with other GD members Lagos is on trial as …

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Turkey accuses Greece of abusing NATO mission, insists on islands demilitarization

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson accused Greece of attempting to abuse NATO’s mission for migrants on the Aegean Sea aimed at drawing international organizations into the dispute on sovereignty rights in the region. In an long, rather endless statement with twisted arguments, the Turkish Foreign Ministry claimed that Greek islands should …

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“Majority of Greeks are not xenophobic,” says Migration Minister

The majority of the Greek people are not xenophobic and see the issue of migration as a result of need, not a problem, Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Alpha 989 radio on Friday. In an interview on upcoming European Parliament elections, Vitsas responded to a comment that migration was …

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Cyprus Justice Minister resigns over serial killer case and investigation shortcomings

Cyprus’s Justice Minister resigned on Thursday amid public uproar at how police handled the disappearance of foreign women, victims of a suspected serial killer whose actions went undetected for almost three years. Four women have been found murdered in the past three weeks, their bodies dumped in three locations west …

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Mosque in Athens expected to go in operation on last day of Ramadan

The Islamic mosque in Botanikos district of  Athens is expected to be inaugurated on the last day of Ramadan on June 5, 2019. The first and only public mosque in Greece was originally scheduled to be in operation in March, then in …May. It was apparently the bad weather that …

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