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Dozens missing, 11 rescued after migrants boat sinks off Evia (video)

A large-scale Search And Rescue operation has been ongoing in the sea near Cape Kafireas between Evia and Andros on Tuesday after a sailing boat carrying migrants sank with an an unknown number of passengers onboard. Nine people who managed to reach the rocky islet of Mandilos have been rescued …

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Greece to raise naked migrants issue with UN; Turkey claims “fake news”

Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Monday that he will inform the United Nations on the issue of 92 naked migrants collected at the Evros river, the natural border with Turkey  on Friday. He once again accused Turkey of mistreating migrants. Speaking to Skai TV,  Mitarakis said …

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Turkish fishing boats escorted migrants’ dinghy to Greece, say survivors

Turkish fishing boats allegedly escorted the dinghy carrying migrants into Greek territorial waters, survivors of the wreck told Greek authorities on the island of Lesvos. The dinghy was escorted by two or three fishing boats from the moment it set off from a village near Ayvalik on the Turkish west …

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Over 30 migrants die in two shipwrecks off Kythera and Lesvos (videos)

More than 30 migrants are believed to have died in two shipwrecks off the island of Kythera in south Peloponnese and Lesvos in the eastern Aegean Sea in less than 12 hours. Residents of a Greek island pulled shipwrecked migrants to safety up steep cliffs in dramatic rescues after two …

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Shipwreck with 95 migrants off Kythera: Dramatic rescue operation

A shipwreck with 95 migrants occurred off the island of Kythera, south Peloponnese late on Wednesday. There are reports of at least 5 dead people, some 15 people are stranded on the rocks. According to latest information, 30 people have been rescued, so far. Under difficult weather conditions, with strong …

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Greece’s Migration Min disappointed over low EU countries’ response in relocating migrants

Updates on new facilities for migrants, a new platform for applying for asylum, and disappointing relocation options by other European Union countries were among the topics Migration & Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi covered during a press conference on Monday. Specific to facilities, Mitarachi said the new closed and controlled facility …

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Greece accuses Turkey of pushing migrants into Greek territory

Greece has accused Turkey of pushing migrants into Greek territory. The accusations were made by Migrations & Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis who visited the area of Evros river, a day after  police evacuated 38 migrants who were stranded on an islet in the natural border between the two countries. Wednesday …

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Greek NGOs appeal to Supreme Court for rescue of 50 migrants stranded at Evros islet

Two Greek NGOs tabled a complaint on Tuesday with the Supreme Court of Greece calling for the rescue of 50 Syrian migrants, including 3 pregnant women and 12 children, from an islet on the Evros River, in Greece’s borders with Turkey. The Greek Council for Refugees and HumanRights360 said the …

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EU Commissioner tells Greece: Stop “violent” migrants’ deportations or risk losing funds

The European Union’s top migration official told Greece on Thursday to stop “violent” deportations of migrants or risk losing funds. After becoming one of the main destination points during the migration crisis of 2015, Athens has hardened its policy in the past year by increasing land and sea patrols, extending …

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1,130 migrants on 24 boats attempted to cross into Greek waters in 3 days

24 boats carrying a total of 1,130 migrants and refugees attempted to cross into Greek territorial waters in three days, from June 24 morning until June 27, Greek authorities from the Shipping Ministry said on Monday. The boats had left the western coast of Turkey and they attempted to enter …

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Tragedy off Mykonos: 8 migrants still missing, among them 3 children

Search and Rescue operation continues south of Mykonos on Monday, as eight passengers on board of the sailing boat carrying migrants are still missing. Among the missing people are three children. Six human traffickers were arrested. According to local media, those people still missing are aged: 3, 8, 15, 23, …

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Shipwreck with over 100 migrants off Mykonos; injured, missing (video)

A big Search And Rescue operation has been launched by the Greek Coast Guard after it was alerted on a shipwreck with over 100 migrants on board of a sailing boat carrying them from Turkey to Europe via Greece. According to preliminary reports, there are injured passengers and at least …

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Evros: 5 human traffickers arrested, 20 migrants prevented from entering Greece

Five human traffickers were arrested over the last two days and at least 20 migrants were prevented from entering the country at the Greek-Turkish border region of Evros, the Alexandroupolis and Orestiada police directorates in northern Greece said on Wednesday. The arrests were carried out in two separate instances, with …

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Gov’t warns migrants: “We will not allow anyone to illegally enter Greece”

“We will no allow anyone to illegally enter Greece,” Minister for Citizen’s Protection, Takis Theodorikakos,said on Tuesday after an increase of attempts by migrants to enter the country via the land and sea borders. In an interview with ANT1 TV, Theodorikakos blamed Turkey for it and accused the neighboring country …

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Coast Guard prevents 5 boats with over 450 migrants to enter Greece

Alarm in the Aegean Sea: five boats with dozens of migrants onboard attempted to illegally cross into Greek territorial waters in the early morning hours of Monday. The Greek Coast Guard spotted the boats between the islands of Chios and Samos and th operation is still ongoing on Monday noon. …

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