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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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EU commissioner Johansson met with with protests while visiting camps on Lesvos and Samos

The visit of EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson on the island of Lesvos and Samos  was met with protests by both locals and refugees. As the Commissioner visited the camps to discuss the new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum and funding to Greece, charities warned that the …

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Mayors of three Aegean islands against EU’s new migration pact

The mayors of the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos have called on the European Union on Thursday to amend the proposal for the new migration pact, saying “it unduly burdens front-line countries, damaging their national interests and creating gray zones in the eastern borders of the EU.” “It is …

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Migration Minister visit Kara Tepe camp, “sees” no problems due to icy weather

Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis paid a visit to the hot spot of Kara Tepe on the island of Lesvos at midnight Tuesday. The Minister inspected the living conditions of the approximately 7,000 asylum-seekers in the camp, where icy conditions prevailed, and “issued instructions for their improvement,” state media …

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Earthquakes 3R to 5R rattle the island of Lesvos

A series of earthquake strokes have been rattling the island of Lesvos on Monday morning. Seismologists appear reassuring saying the tremors are aftershocks of the 6.4 R earthquake in 2017 that damaged the village of Vryssa. The highest magnitude so far is the tremor at 7:46 am with 5 on …

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Civil Protection places Lesvos in tougher lockdown restrictions

Greece’s Civil Protection announced on Tuesday evening stricter lockdown measures for the island of Lesvos due to a high epidemiological load and the rapid increase in epidemiological indicators of the last seven days.  The measures are taken for  urgent reasons of addressing a serious risk to public health and in …

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Lesvos: Border guards, policeman suspended for beating refugees (video)

Three border guards and one policeman have been suspended from service after a video showed them beating two refugees outside a supermarket of the island of Lesvos, the Chief of the Greek Police announced on Saturday morning. An internal investigation has been launched against the four, the statement added. Police …

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Severe Weather: CP recommendations to islands residents in East Aegean

Greece’s Civil Protections has issued a “strong recommendation” warning for the residents of four islands regional units in the Eastern Aegean Sea due to weather change with heavy rainfalls, thunderstorms and stormy winds. The warning issued late on Thursday refers to the Regional Units of the islands: Ikaria, Samos, Lesvos …

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Migration Ministry shuts down PIKPA facility for vulnerable children

The Migration and Asylum Ministry announced on Thursday that it is shutting down a hosting facility for vulnerable groups of asylum seekers run by the organisation ‘Lesvos Solidarity’ at the PIKPA children’s camp at Neapolis, Mytilene. The 74 asylum seekers will be safely transferred to the recognised municipal hosting facility …

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“No more Moria”? Rainfall floods dozens of tents in Kara Tepe camp

Dozens of tents were flooded and large parts of Kara Tepe refugee camp on the island of Lesvos came under water after a strong rainfall on Thursday, an expected development as many people warned about from the very first moment the camp was set up. the European Commission slogan “No …

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Respirators donated by Dutch government for refugees sent to Lesvos hospital

The Migration Ministry has transferred four respirators donated by the Dutch government for Moria refugees to the general hospital of Mytilene on Wednesday. The respirators were equipment of a mobile hospital unit  donated on August 20 before the devastating fires in the camp on September 9. The Embassy of Netherlands …

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243 coronavirus cases confirmed in Kara Tepe, says gov’t spokesman

A total of 243 confirmed cases of coronvirus have been detected among refugees and asylum-seekers of Kara Tepe tent city on the island of Lesvos, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Monday. The data that will be announced on Monday afternoon by the National Health Care Organization EODY, Petsas added. …

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