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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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Number of migrants on Lesvos drops under 5,000 for the first time since 2016

The number of refugees and migrants on the island of Lesvos has dropped below 5,000 for the first time in 2016, the Migration Ministry said on Tuesday. In the figures released, the ministry said there are 4,994 people on the North Aegean island that bore the brunt of migration flows. …

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Work on Lesvos migrant camp yet to begin 9 months after fire

Almost 9 months after a fire gutted a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos, work on a new reception center has still not begun despite pledges to have the facility built before next winter, Greece’s migration minister confirmed Wednesday. Greek authorities said the fires were started deliberately last …

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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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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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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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Refugee child dies, 6 missing in shipwreck off Samos UPD

One child died and six people are missing after a boat carrying migrant and refugees form Turkey to Greece capsized near the island of Samos early Sunday. 17 people have been reportedly rescued. According to media, the Greek Coast Guard recovered the body of the child from the sea area …

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750 refugees have tested positive to coronavirus, one died

Some 750 people have tested positive to Covid-19 and one person has died among the nearly 75,000 asylum applicants in Greece, the Migration & Asylum Ministry reported on Thursday. The ministry pointed out that the National Public Health Organization’s (EODY) staff have long been active at these facilities, offering medical …

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Turkish policemen, PKK members on fishing boat seized by Greek Coast Guard

Greek Coast Guard seized a fishing boat with dozens of Turkish and Kurdish dissidents seeking refuge from Erdogan’s regime in Europe. On board of “Nemo” were 65 people, also refugees from Afghanistan and Iraqi Kurdistan.. According to local news website ilialive, 20 Turkish police officers, 10 Kurds members of PKK, …

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