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Online platform for Ukrainian refugees in Greece opens on March 28

A platform for Ukrainian refugees to apply for temporary protection and identification card will go live on March 28, Migration & Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Sunday. In an interview with Sunday newspaper Real News, Mitsrakis said via the platform the Ukrainian Refugees will register for individual appointments at …

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Greece to send transport mean to Poland for Ukrainian refugees’ resettlement

Greece will send buses or airplanes to Poland to resettle Ukrainean refugees in the country following an appeal by the Polish government, Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Thursday. The appeal came as more than 1.3 million Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland. The minister stressed that the …

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Greece, Malta agree new EU Migration Pact no prerequisite for action

Greece’s Migration and Asylum minister, Notis Mitarakis, and Malta’s Interior Minister, Byron Camilleri,have agreed that the new European Migration and Asylum Pact which is under negotiation is not a prerequisite for action regarding external relations, border protection and returns. The two ministers met in Valletta on the sidelines of the …

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Greece proposes Frontex be allowed to operate beyond EU borders

Returning unapproved asylum seekers to their home countries could become an easier task if European border patrol agency Frontex could operate outside of European borders, Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Wednesday. Speaking virtually with German Deputy Minister for Migration Stephan Mayer, Mitarakis added that bilateral agreements with other …

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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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Evros: Migration flows at Greek-Turkish borders doubled in last 24 hours

Migration flows doubled in the Evros region at the Greek-Turkish borders in the last 24 hours hours with the biggest pressure to be recorded in the areas of Tychero and Ferres. According to daily kathimerini, police intercepted more than 400 people in the border areas of Tychero and Ferres within …

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“Hotspots on islets not in gov’t plan,” says Deputy Migration Minister

Building closed hotspots on islets “is not a government plan,” Alternate Migration and Asylum Minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos said on Saturday, a day after local authorities on the island of Lesvos proposed the new migration center to be build on the uninhabited islet Tokmakia 5 nautical miles of the island. He …

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Lesvos authorities propose migration center on uninhabited islet Tokmakia

A surprise proposal by local authorities on the island of Lesvos: The new closed migration center should be constructed on the uninhabited islet Tokmakia near Lesvos and not in Karava area as the government has planned. The idea is attributed to New Democracy MP and former Justice Minister Charalambos Athanasiou, …

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Islands against requisition: Legal measures, “guard teams”, protests

Municipalities on the the islands of Lesvos and Chios decided to take counter-measures as they categorically reject the government plans to requisite public and private properties and land in order to construct the new migration centers. The Regional government went even further and cut the dialogue with Athens. In emergency …

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75% of the islands migrants population is from Afghanistan, says Greek Migration Minister

75% of the islands migrants population is from Afghanistan, Greece’s Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Tuesday adding that if the Afghan migrants are transferred to the mainland  they will have no right to be returned to Turkey. In a meeting with EU Migration Commissioner Yiva Johansson, Mitarakis pointed out …

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Migration influx has subsided, both on land and sea, says Greece

Migration influx has subsided both on land and sea, Greece’s government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Saturday. He attributed the decrease with better border guarding and accelaration of asylum procedures. During his visit to the city of Alexandroupolis in north-eastern Greece, Petsas emphasized the strengthening of the police force and …

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