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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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Turkey obstructs Greece’s migrants rescue operation, calls on ships to leave the area (audio)

Turkish coast guard vessels harassed Greek Coast Guard boats and a helicopter participating in a migrants search and rescue rescue operation in the sea west of the small island of Halki near Rhodes. Furthermore, Ankara called on commercial ships that were engaged in the Search and Rescue operation to leave …

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Greece to construct new refugee & migrants centers on 3 islands

Greece will build three controlled-access refugee and migrants facilities on the islands of Samos, Kos and Leros in eastern Aegean Sea. For this purpose the European Union has approved 130 million euros. At the same time, Greece continues decongestion of the islands camps, while refugee and migrants flows have significantly …

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Four men missing after migrants boat capsizes NW off Crete

Greece’s Coast Guard continues Search and Rescue operation on Monday morning, after a boat carrying migrants and refugees capsized North-West off the island of Crete on Sunday afternoon. Only survivor is, so far,  a 25-year-old Algerian national who has been transferred to the hospital in Chania. According to his testimony, …

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Only 18 NGOs allowed to operate within migrants & refugees centers

Only 18 out of 40 non-governmental organizations operating in migrants and refugees hosting structures have applied to register in the new registry and were granted the right to continue their work. The NGOs that were certified in the old registry of the Interior Ministry had a deadline to register again …

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Sharp decrease of refugees and migrants arrivals in April and May

Migration flows to the islands and through the land border of Evros keep on falling and reached record high drop in April and May. Citing government sources, media report that a decrease of 97.26% was recorded in April when compared to the same month in 2019. The decrease was at …

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Two migrants on Lesvos tested positive to COVID-19

Greece’s Migration Ministry confirmed on Tuesday evening that two migrants have been tested positive to COVID-19. They had arrived on the island of Lesvos with boats from Turkey last week. The two migrants are asymptomatic and have been placed in isolation within a temporary refugee accommodation facility at Megala Therma, …

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