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Τanker rescues some 150 migrants on a wooden boat south off Peloponnese

Greece’s coast guard on Friday launched a search and rescue operation after a boat carrying around 150 people believed to be migrants ran into trouble off the country’s southwestern coast. The coast guard said a passing cargo ship raised the alarm after coming across the wooden boat, which was taking …

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Police officer arrested for stealing money from migrants

A police officer was arrested on Friday for stealing money belonging to two migrants at a pre-detention in Peloponnese. According to a police announcement on Saturday, the officer  was serving in the pre-departure detention center for migrants in Corinth in southern Greece and was arrested ror theft and breach of …

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Greece calls on EU to help countries stop influx of Afghan migrants into Europe

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday called on the EU to help countries neighbouring Afghanistan to stop a new influx of migrants into Europe from the Taliban-controlled country. The return of the hardline group to power in Kabul on 15 August has plunged the future of many Afghans into …

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Number of migrants on Lesvos drops under 5,000 for the first time since 2016

The number of refugees and migrants on the island of Lesvos has dropped below 5,000 for the first time in 2016, the Migration Ministry said on Tuesday. In the figures released, the ministry said there are 4,994 people on the North Aegean island that bore the brunt of migration flows. …

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Fire at migrants’ camp on Samos; two asylum seekers detained

Police detained two asylum seekers after a fire broke out in the Migrants’ Reception and Identification Center camp on the island of Samos early Friday morning. Ten firefighters with 5 trucks rushed to the area and extinguished the fire before it would create big damage. According to local media samosvoice, …

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Greece seeks bids to build closed camps for migrants on the islands

Greece has launched a European Union-wide tender to build two closed-type facilities replacing migrant camps on its islands, a move that has been criticised by a leading human rights advocate. The conservative government first announced in late 2019 its plan to move asylum-seekers to closed holding centres as part of …

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Kara Tepe evacuation started, migrants moved to …temporary fenced camp nearby

The first 54 of some 600 migrants who currently stay at the Kara Tepe reception and identification center on Lesvos island were transferred to a temporary fenced camp nearby early Saturday morning. The evacuation has been made in view of Kara Tepe shutting down in a few days’ time, the …

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Turkey escorts boats with migrants to European borders, says Greece in letter to EU

Turkish Coast Guard and Port Authority vessels are escorting inflatable boats with migrants towards European borders, Migration & Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi charged on Monday in a letter to the European Commission. Addressing it to European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johannson, Mitarachi said that “it …

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Greece criticized over treatment of migrants in U.S. State Department Human Rights report

The US State Department’s annual report on human rights violations around the world published on Tuesday has criticized Greece over unsafe and unhealthy conditions for migrants and asylum-seekers detained in pre-removal facilities or residing at the country’s six reception and identification centers, including gender-based violence against refugee women and children …

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Migrants arrested as they tried to illegally leave Greece posing as volleyball team

Authorities at the Athens international airport arrested nine Syrian nationals with forged travel documents. The group dressed in sports outfit was posing as a volleyball team. According to police, the nine young men had fake identity cards of a foreign country. They wore  matching sports uniforms, to look like a …

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Three migrants die in fire in abandoned building in Thessaloniki

Greece’s fire department says three migrants have been found dead following a fire in an abandoned building in the center of the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. The three men, believed to have been from Algeria, had been living on the third floor of the abandoned building. Firefighters said the …

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Greece applies to EU for return of 519 migrants denied asylum status

Greece filed a request with Frontex and the European Commission for the immediate return of 519 migrants to their countries of origin, Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said on Friday. In a follow-up request for the return to Turkey of 1,450 migrants living in hotspots on the Aegean Islands, Greece also …

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Migrants boat in distress as Medicane hits Greece, making rescue almost impossible

A boat carrying migrants and refugees has come in distress off western Peloponnese as Medicane Ianos strikes the area, making the Search and Rescue operation impossible. There are reportedly some 50-55 people on board. One of the passengers has called the emergency international number <112>. Coast guard boats set for …

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57 migrants rescued, 4 die after boat sinks south of Crete; SAR continues

An search and rescue operation by air and sea for survivors of a migrant boat sinking was under way still on Tuesday off the southern Greek island of Crete. So far, 57 people have been rescued, so far, while the rescue operation continues in search of missing boat passengers. 4 …

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96 rescued after migrants boat sinks off the island of Halki

In a large Search and Rescue operation, the Greek Coast Guard and the Navy managed to rescue 96 people from a sinking boat that was transferring refugees and migrants from Turkey to Greece. It is believed that the boat was carrying over 100 people. Among them there were 10 children …

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