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Greece’s independent authority rejects migrant pushback claims

Greece’s independent authority for transparency said Tuesday that after an in-depth investigation it has found no basis for reports that Greek authorities have illegally turned back asylum-seekers entering the country from Turkey. The National Transparency Authority said in a statement that the allegations by the Lighthouse Reports non-profit organization last …

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Greece sends over 11 tons of pet food to Ukrainian refugees

Greece is sending more than 11 tons of pet food and sanitary equipment for the pets of Ukrainian refugees currently at the Polish-Ukranian border. A truck will leave Kalochori, Thessaloniki, and the aid will be distributed to Ukrainian refugees fleeing their homeland with pets: dogs, cats and rabbits. A make-shift …

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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 to grant Ukrainian refugees one-year protection status, right to work

The Greek state will provide one-year protection status along with rights to work and medical care to Ukrainian refugees entering Greece, the Migration & Asylum Ministry announced on Wednesday. This will be issued to Ukrainian nationals within 90 days of their entering Greece, as the usual 90-day visa entry requirement …

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Greece’s Forum on Refugees receives a barrage of requests by Ukrainian citizens

The Greek Forum of Refugees said on Wednesday that it is getting phone calls every five minutes from Ukrainian citizens seeking help for themselves or their families, who have been impacted by the war in Ukraine. They ask for information about how a Ukrainian can ask for asylum in Greece, …

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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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Frontex preparing for Afghans already abroad to try to reach Europe

The EU is preparing for an influx of Afghans seeking asylum, whether or not people flee en masse from the new Taliban government, the chief of the EU border agency said, noting that millions are already displaced in neighbouring countries. In an interview, Fabrice Leggeri, director-general of border agency Frontex, …

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“We do not want a repeat of uncontrolled massive migration flows like in 2015,” Greek PM tells BSF

“We do not want a repeat of the uncontrolled and unregulated massive massive migration flows we experienced in 2015, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday during his introductory speech at a panel of the Bled Strategic Forum 2021, in Bled, Slovenia. Mitsotakis said that he disagrees with the …

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Greece and Turkey express common stance on refugee pressure from Afghanistan

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed that Greece and Turkey face the same challenge regarding the refugee pressure that may arise from recent developments in Afghanistan. During a 30-minute-long phone conversation on Friday evening, the two leaders also agreed that the neighboring countries of Afghanistan must …

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Greek Orthodox and Catholic priests pray for all the refugees of the world

Representatives of the Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches and migrants joined in a prayer for all refugees of the world. The event took place in Mytilene on the island of Lesvos on Tuesday afternoon. The event was held by the statue of a refugee mother from the Asia Minor disaster …

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