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Refugees sleep in squares & parks as hundreds flock to Thessaloniki

Hundreds of refugees and migrants have been flocking to Thessaloniki in Northern Greece, lately, seeking an opportunity for a temporary residence in an EU country. Majority of them have reportedly illegally entered Greece from Turkey through the Evros river. They sleep in parks and squares awaiting for a place in …

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“Newly arriving asylum seekers can move freely across Greece,” Council of State rules

Newly arriving refugees and migrants can move freely across the country without being restricted to the hot spots on the Greek islands, the country’s highest administrative court, the Council of State ruled on Tuesday. The ruling is considered as “landmark” as it ends the geographical restrictions for new arrivals according …

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Baby from Afrin dies of rare form of acute leukemia in Crete

An 8-month-old refugee baby died of a rare form of acute leukemia in Heraklion, Crete, last Saturday. The parents brought the baby with chickenpox symptoms to the university hospital of the city. Doctors diagnosed chickenpox but also acute and aggressive form of myelogenous leukemia. The aggressive course of the illness …

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Turkey’s Coast Guard obstructs Greece’s refugee rescue off Chios (video)

Turkish Coast Guard attempted to hinder a refugees rescue operation off the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean Sea on Wednesday noon. Moreover, the TCG vessel tried to rammed a Greek coast guard boat involved in the rescue operation, initial reports by local media said. Earlier, the TCG had …

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€180 million EU emergency support for refugees in Greece

The European Commission has announced on Tuesday new funding of €180 million for aid projects in Greece, including to scale up the flagship ‘Emergency Support to Integration & Accommodation’ (ESTIA) programme which helps get refugees into urban accommodation and out of camps and provides them with regular cash assistance. The funding …

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EU Ombudsman probes work of EASO in Greece’s hotspots

The European Ombudsman European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights will examine practices by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) at “hotspots” (reception centers) in Greece. The move comes in response to a complaint about the inadmissibility decisions taken under the EU-Turkey agreement. The complaint was filed by ECCHR with …

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Berlin, Brussels blame Greece for undermining the EU-Turkey deal

Unnamed officials in Berlin, Brussels and the EU’s border agency Frontex,blame Greece for undermining the EU-Turkey refugee and migrants deal as it moved people form the overcrowded camps on the islands to the mainland. Data published by the German newspaper Die Welt suggest that Greece has been undermining the European …

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Germany complains, Greece refuses to take back refugees

Greece has refused to take back refugees from Germany, in violation of Dublin regulations, according to a report in Germany’s Passauer Neue Presse. In a response to a parliamentary query submitted by the German Left party, the interior ministry reportedly said Germany had made 2,312 resettlement requests. Although Athens said …

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Five Aegean islands seek to cancel “geographic restrictions for refugees and migrants”

The geographical restriction imposed on refugees and migrants who arrived in Greece after the EU-Turkey Statement on the islands of the northern Aegean, violates the principle of human dignity, the alleged need to apply it is not substantiated, representatives of the Bar Associations in Chios, Lesvos, Rhodes, Kos and Samos, …

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Migrants reach in Bosnia via alternative Balkan route

Migrants in the pursuit to reach western Europe are now opting for an alternate route through Bosnia and Herzegovina as anti-trafficking forces clamp down on them. Earlier, the Balkan route — through Greece, FYROM, Serbia and Hungary or Croatia — was closed for refugees in March 2016. Now, the migrants …

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Migration Minister cannot rule out migrants’ deaths in upcoming winter

Greek Migration Minister, Yannis Mouzalas, has admitted that migrants in the Moria Camp on the island of Lesvos may die of cold in the upcoming winter. In an interview to German magazine Der Spiegel, Mouzalas said that he cannot rule out migrants’ death because of hypothermia. He said that authorities …

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