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Symi SOS: 400 migrants stranded on the island without facilities (video)

The remote island of Symi is sending S.O.S. The ongoing arrivals of migrants and refugees has created a state of emergency. Some 400 people, among them many children, have landed on the small island that has absolute no facilities to accommodate them. The people are sleeping on the streets, there …

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Police removes 150 refugees & migrants, 30 children, from squats in downtown Athens

150 refugees and migrants, among them 30 babies and children, were removed from two squats close to Acharnon Avenue near Vathis Square in downtown Athens on Thursday morning. In a coordinated police operation that started short after 6 o’ clock in the morning, 150 refugees and migrants from Syria, Afghanistan …

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Greek Coast Guard fires warning shots, arrests migrants smuggler

A Greek Coast Guard vessel fired warning shots and ultimately arrested an 18-year-old smuggler off the island of Samos in the eastern Aegean Sea. According to the Port authority central, the Coast Guard patrol vessel spotted the high-speed boat in the sea off Cape Prassos on Samos. The smuggler refused …

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Germany to help Greece tackle increase of migrants on the islands

The German government says it is closely watching as the number of migrants reaching the Greek islands has seen a jump. Government spokeswoman Martina Fietz said the increase in migrants coming to the islands by sea “needs to be taken seriously.” But she also stressed Friday that the latest arrival …

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13 migrants rescued off Samos, one woman died during crossing

Thirteen migrants sailing from the Turkish coast to the island of Samos were rescued by members of the Greek Coast Guard early Friday morning. On board of the boat was also a woman who had died during the crossing to Greece. Officials said they found the dead 65-year-old woman. Other …

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Turkey rejects EU claim on increasing number of migrants in Greece

Turkey’s interior minister on Tuesday refuted recent claims about the increasing number of migrants from Turkey to Greece and said “if the EU was concerned about Turkey as much as Greece, the problems may be solved.” Suleyman Soylu’s remarks came at a joint news conference ahead of a bilateral meeting …

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1,500 migrants and refugees relocated from Moria to Kilkis, N Greece

The operation to transfer 1,500 refugees and migrants from the hot spot of Moria on the island of Lesvos to Kilkis in northern Greece started early morning on Monday. The first 635 people had packed their things and boarded on Caldera Vista ferry. Another group of people will board on …

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Greek FM summons Turkey’s Ambassador over mass migrants’ arrivals

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias summoned the Turkish ambassador to Athens in order to express Greece’s deep dissatisfaction over the increased influx of migrants from Turkey, that culminated with the unprecedented mass arrivals of more than 500 people on the island of Lesvos on Thursday. Citing diplomatic sources, state broadcaster ERT …

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Evicted migrants in Exarchia to either land in hot spots or be deported

Following the big police operation in Exarchia on Monday, evicted migrants landed in provisional accommodations or are awaiting to be deported. There were 143 people living in two squats under dangerous health conditions. Of them there were  57 men, 51 women and 35 minors. They came to Greece from Iran, …

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6 migrants killed, 10 injured when smuggling car crashes in ditch (video)

Six migrants were killed and ten were injured when a smuggling jeep carrying them through northern Greece crashed into an irrigation ditch. The accident occurred on Monday evening outside the village of Loutra near the northeastern town of Alexandroupolis that is close to the Turkish border. According to local media, …

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Police Union spokesman calls migrants “dust with annoying character”

The spokesman of the Greek Police Union Federation POASY shocked on Monday morning when he described migrants evicted from squats in Exachria as “dust” with annoying character.” Spokesman Stavros Balaskas was speaking to Skai TV commenting on the police operation in Exachia. “One finger launched a silent new vacuum cleaner …

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Greece resumes migrants deportations to Turkey

Greece says it is restarting deportations of migrants to Turkey in an effort to deal with the increasing number of illegal crossings in recent weeks, the Associated Press reported on Friday. The number of migrants crossing illegally from Turkey to Europe has tripled in recent weeks with the number of …

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Turkey suspends Migrants Readmission Agreement with EU

“Migrants readmission agreement with the European Union has been suspended,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced on Wednesday, following the sanctions of the EU due to the illegal drilling in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus. In an interview with Turkish private TGRT TV, Cavusoglu stated “we will not wait …

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Business with migrants: Policeman arrested on Kos, doctors on Samos

On two islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, Greek Police has cracked down illegal networks that were earning money from asylum seekers facilitating them either to fly to European countries or to be relocated to the mainland. On the island of Samos, it was doctors, nurses and other personnel that …

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