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Human Rights Court convicts Greece over deadly Farmakonissi migrant boat sinking

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled that Greece violated the European Convention of Human Rights over the sinking of a migrant boat in 2014 in which 11 refugees, among them eight children, lost their lives. The 16 applicants, 13 Afghans, two Syrians and one Palestinian, stated …

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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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21 migrants, among them six children, rescued off Rhodes (SAR video)

The Greek Coast Guard successfully carried out a search and rescue operation with two of its vessels north-east off the island of Rhodes on Sunday, rescuing 21 migrants from a sinking dinghy. Adverse weather conditions were in the area during the SAR operation, with winds blowing with intensity of 6 …

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Shipwreck off Kos: 106 migrants incl 20 children on board

One hundred and six migrants, including 20 children, were located by the Greek Coast Guard in a rocky area northwest of the island of Kos late on Saturday.Kos and were transferred to the Kos Identification Center. A  sailing boat was found to have half-sunk on the shore where the migrants …

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Body of child recovered from the central Aegean Sea

The body of a child was found floating in the sea area off the island of Heraklia, Small Cyclades, in the central Aegean Sea on early Friday afternoon. The body was wearing only a white blouse and it is estimated to belong to a child aged between 12 and 15. …

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Six bodies washed ashore of Lesvos; authorities suspect shipwreck

A shipwreck with six dead so far has occurred in the sea off the coast of Lesvos, near the PPC factory in Epano Skala, Mytilene. It is suggested that there was a shipwreck as so far, the boat has not been located, nor was there any distress signal to authorities. …

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“We, the people, are flies, have no worth,” says my elderly Ukrainian neighbor in Athens

“We are flies, have no worth, the powerful don’t care about us, the people,” says my neighbor Eva, an economic migrant from Ukraine. She has been weeping since Russia launched the military operations on Thursday morning, she is devastated about her family back home, her relatives and friends, the future …

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UNHCR “deeply distressed” over recent migrant’s deaths in the Aegean Sea

The UNHCR, the United Nations Agency for Refugees, said that it was “deeply distressed” by the recent death toll in Greece’s Aegean Sea, where at least 31 people lost their lives in three separate shipwrecks between 21 and 24 December, while an unknown number are still missing. “It is heart-rending …

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