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Greece to raise naked migrants issue with UN; Turkey claims “fake news”

Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Monday that he will inform the United Nations on the issue of 92 naked migrants collected at the Evros river, the natural border with Turkey  on Friday. He once again accused Turkey of mistreating migrants. Speaking to Skai TV,  Mitarakis said …

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Caravan of Syrian refugees leave Turkey for Greece and Europe; reports

Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis dismissed reports by Turkish media claiming that a caravan of thousands of Syrian refugees is moving towards Greece and Europe. “A caravan of refugees has not yet been formed, and it has yet to be demonstrated that the efforts of those on social …

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Ukrainian people are “true war refugees,” says Greece’s Migration Minister

“Greece will participate in the effort to support the Ukrainian people, directly with technical and humanitarian assistance to Poland and other countries,” Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Saturday. At the same time, he stressed that refugees from Ukraine are “true refugees” as they are fleeing war. Speaking to Skai …

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Greece tries to repatriate to Pakistan and Bangladesh 250 migrants

Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Monday that efforts were underway to repatriate the Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals who arrived in the country as migrants on board the Turkish-flagged cargo ship rescued on Sunday. Minister Mitarakis said that “for me it is a top priority to agree …

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Migration Minister jeered by far-right protesters over new migration camp (videos)

Chanting “traitors” and slogans with homophobic content, residents of Orestiada jeered Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis earlier on Monday. The angry mob booed and threw waters bottles, crackers and eggs at the minister visiting the broader area of Evros in north-eastern Greece bordering Turkey. They were holding Greek flags, …

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Greece to legislate “a special visa” for “digital nomads,” says Migration Minister

Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis announced a legislative initiative for the introduction of a visa for “digital nomads”, that is the “new global category of workers who work remotely and are looking for attractive destinations to settle.” The legislation will be in cooperation with the Greek Foreign Ministry. 📌Θα φέρουμε προς …

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UNHCR calls on Greece to investigate pushbacks allegations at sea, land borders (videos)

Greece vehemently rejects media reports often accompanied by footage, on collective pushbacks of migrants and refugees in the Aegean Sea. As as such reports have been increased, United Nations organization like the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN’s International Organization for Migration(IOM) call on Greece to investigate …

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No COVID-19 cases in islands hotspots, no loss of life, says Migration Minister

No COVID-19 confirmed cases in the hotspots on the islands and not a single life has so far been lost to the novel coronavirus in accommodation facilities for refugees and migrants in Greece, Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Wednesday. Replying to a relevant question by former Migration …

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Migration Minister “freezes” properties requisition on Aegean islands

Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis announced on Monday that requisition of properties and land plots for the new detention centers on the five Aegean islands will be delayed until Friday. Aim of the ‘freezing’ is to start dialogue with the local communities that have strongly reacted to the measure. “We are …

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“Asylum procedures reduced to 24 days,” says Greece’s Migration Minister

Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said that examination of asylum applications has been reduced to 24 days as of January 1 and for the new arrivals in 2020. He stressed that the government’s goal is to have procedures conclude in three months. The Greek government has given priority to asylum-seekers …

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“Majority of Greeks are not xenophobic,” says Migration Minister

The majority of the Greek people are not xenophobic and see the issue of migration as a result of need, not a problem, Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Alpha 989 radio on Friday. In an interview on upcoming European Parliament elections, Vitsas responded to a comment that migration was …

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Mini government reshuffle with new Foreign and Migration Ministers

Government spokesman Dimitris Tsanakopoulos announced the mini government reshuffle Friday noon. The reshuffle was expected after SYRIZA managed to pass its proposal for the Constitutional revision. New ministers in important posts: Foreign Ministry: Giorgos Katrougalos – he replaces PM Alexis Tsipras who took over the office after Kotzias’ resignation last …

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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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Greece concerned about increase of refugees inflow especially through Evros river

Greece is concerned about the increase of refugees and migrants inflow especially through the natural border of Evros river in North-East. Briefing the parliamentary committee on Tuesday, Mgration Minister, Dimitris Vitsas, said that that refugees and migrants arrivals from Turkey have dramatically increased after the Varna EU-Turkey Summit on March …

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Lesvos: Police teargases refugees in Moria camp, after they throw water bottles at Migration Minister

Greek police fired teargas against refugees and migrants in Moria camp on the island of Lesvos on Tuesday. According to local media, tension started when Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas visited the camp and the refugees and migrants protested the living conditions by throwing plastic water bottles at the minister. the …

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