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Director of Reception Centers fired after urging investigation on Refugees EU Funds

The Director of Refugees Reception and Identification Centers in Greek Ministry of Migration was fired early afternoon Thursday.  Previous to his dismissal, Andreas Iliopoulos had given an interview to a Greek newspaper in which he was asking the prosecutor’s intervention with regards management of EU Funds for the refugees and …

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Operation “Moria camp” launched, first of 3,000 asylum seekers left for mainland

The first one hundred asylum-seekers from Moria Camp on the island of Lesvos left for Kavala on board of a ship early Friday morning. They are heading to a new camp in Volvi area near Thessaloniki in Northern Greece. The new camp has a capacity for 1,400 people. The group …

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3,000 migrants from overcrowded Moria to be relocated to mainland

After repeated appeals for asylum-seekers relocation from overcrowded Moria camp in the island of Lesvos, the European Commission reportedly plans to finally take take action. A total of 3,000 people are to be relocated to the Greek mainland. An EU source told New Europe that “the European Commission, having repeatedly alerted …

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More than 19K asylum-seekers on Greek islands, 11K on Lesvos alone

Ten boats carrying a total of 615 people of various nationalities arrived on the island of Lesvos over the weekend, that is from Friday Sep14 until Sunday , Sept 16th 2018. It is the largest number of arrivals in recent years and the largest in 2018, Athens News Agency notes …

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After Hydra, power outages also on islands of Skopelos and Tinos

From 4 0′ clock in the morning until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, locals and tourists on the island of Skopelos remained without electricity. A heavy rainstorm had reportedly damages the power supply system. Extensive lightning had damaged transmitters and columns with the effect of a total black-out on the island …

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Very High Risk of Fire for several Greek regions, islands in Aegean & Ionian Sea

Several regions across Greece’s mainland as well as islands in the Aegean and the Ionian Sea are at Very High Risk of Fires on Friday, August 10th 2018.  According to a statement issued by the country’s Civil Protection Agency, Very High Risk (Level 4) and High Risk (Level 3) of …

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Very High Risk of Fire warning for Attica and islands, Aug 8

Greece’s Civil Protection has issued one more fires risk warning for Wednesday,  August 8, 2018. For several regions in Greece there is Very High Risk (Level 4) and High Risk (Level 3), the Civil Protection notes. At Very High and High Risk of fires are the regions of Attica, Evia …

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Fire Risk warning Aug 4-5: Attica, Aegean islands & other regions

Greece’s Civil Protection has issued one more fires risk warning for Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, 2018. For several regions in Greece there is Very High Risk (Level 4) and High Risk (Level 3), the Civil Protection notes. At Very High and High Risk of fires are the …

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Civil Protection warns of Very High Fire Risk in several regions across Greece

The Greek Civil Protection has issued a fire warning for Monday, July 23rd 2018, drawing citizens’ attention to the high risk of fire outbreak due to high temperatures. In the statement issued Sunday noon, the Civil Protection said: There is a Very High Risk (Level 4) for the Prefecture of …

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With tourists’ arrivals, fuel prices skyrocket on Greece’s islands and major highways

Fuel prices have skyrocketed on the Greek islands and the country’s highways in the month of July. And this although there is no global fuel crisis or other factor to justify the hikes. The hikes coincide with the tourists’ arrivals, note the country’s media. On some islands, the price per …

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Migration Minister reassures “no new hot spots on the islands, no asylum seekers returns”

Migration Minister, Dimitris Vitsas, dismissed dress reports that new hot spots will be established on the islands or that asylum seekers returns from Germany will be place on the five islands. In a letter to the mayors of the islands that have received the majority of refugees and migrants, that …

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Ferries link Thessaloniki to Sporades islands as of June 15/2018

Golden Star Ferries will launch a direct route from Thessaloniki to Sporades islands as of June 15th 2018. This was announced on Friday by Greece’s Shipping Ministry. The ferries will depart from Thessaloniki daily at 10:00 a.m. and return at 07:15 p.m. Ticket fare is at 60 euros. With return …

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Fuel prices skyrocket, on some Greek islands reach €2 per liter

Unleaded gasoline has reached 2 euros per liter in some regions of Greece in the last few days, while it has been particularly expensive also in large urban areas. In the island group of Cyclades, the average price of unleaded is already at 1.86 euros per liter, while on some …

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Visa Program for Turkish tourists to Greek islands to run in 2018

A visa facilitation program that allows Turkish travelers and citizens of third countries to visit select Greek islands of the Eastern Aegean has been extended by one year. EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday informed the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the European …

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Sailing ban from Port of Piraeus due to powerful winds in the Aegean

Piraeus port authorities have banned the sailing of ferry boats towards the islands of the Aegean Sea due to the powerful winds blowing in intensity up to 9 Beaufort. The sailing ban affects ferry boats from the Port of Piraeus and is valid from 12 noon until at least 6 …

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