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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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UNHCR criticizes Greece over evictions of 9,000 recognized refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed deeply concerned over the eviction of some  9,000 recognized refugees from camps, hotels and apartments. Stressing that for many the exit from organized accommodation is premature, the UNHCR calls on the Greek government to implement accommodation and labor schemes and increase …

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Sharp decrease of refugees and migrants arrivals in April and May

Migration flows to the islands and through the land border of Evros keep on falling and reached record high drop in April and May. Citing government sources, media report that a decrease of 97.26% was recorded in April when compared to the same month in 2019. The decrease was at …

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11,000 of recognized refugees in Greece face eviction as of June 1

The Greek government is proceeding with its plan to stop hosting asylum-seekers with recognized refugee status in camps and EU subsidized apartments and hotels. Some 11,000 refugees will have to leave the facilities as of next Monday, June 1, 2020. As little has been done regarding the social integration of …

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50 refugees, adults and unaccompanied minors, relocated from Greece to UK

A group of 50 refugees – including 16 unaccompanied minors and 34 adults – departed Athens international Airport Eleftherios Venizelos on Monday morning for the United Kingdom. Adults and minors are to reunite with their families. The relocation was arranged during talks between Alternate Migration and Asylum Minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos …

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Locals in North Greece set hotel on fire to prevent refugees’ resettlement

Far-right locals opposing the settlement of refugees and migrants in the Prefecture of Pella, western Macedonia, set on fire a hotel that would host them and burned it down, while they attacked the owners of another hotel with stones. The group resettled from the overcrowded hotspot of Moria had to …

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Finland to take 100 unaccompanied refugee children from Greece’s camps

Finland has agreed to take one hundred unaccompanied refugee children from camps in Greece and another 30 adult refugees and migrants in the framework of family reunification. This was agreed during a telephone conversation between Deputy Minister of Migration Giorgos Koumoutsakos and Finnish Interior Minister Olly-Poika Parviainen on Wednesday. According …

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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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Fires destroy dozens of tents in Samos hotspot (videos)

Three successive fires broke out in the migrants camp on the island of Samos on Sunday evening destroying accommodation for over 100 people. Fire brigades rushed to the area, an operation to evacuate the structure was launched. Tension between police forces and refugees occurred when the first initially prevented the …

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Malakasa camp in lockdown after asylum-seeker tested positive on COVID-19

Greece’s health authorities imposed a 14-day quarantine into a migrants camp in Malakasa, near Athens, after a 53-year-old Afghan man was tested positive on coronavirus. The lockdown started on Sunday morning. The man has developed symptoms of COVID-19 and has been transferred to a hospital on Saturday afternoon and is …

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Ritsona refugee camp in quarantine after 20 people tested positive to coronavirus

Health authorities have placed the Ritsona refugee and asylum-seekers camp in full lockdown for 14 days after 20 people have been tested positive to coronavirus. The full lockdown starts on Thursday, April 2, 2020, entrance or exit are strictly forbidden, except for health authorities and aid workers. The camp is …

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Moria: Medical center opens outside camp for possible coronavirus patients

The First Aid infirmary opened on Saturday outside the migrants and refugees reception center in Moria, Lesvos. The medical center facility is for first assessment of possible coronavirus incidents among the population of the asylum seekers hosted in the hotspot. According to north Aegean regional governor Kostas Moutzouris the medical …

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Turkey says ceasefire agreement with Russia not to change refugee policy

Τhe ceasefire agreement between Turkey and Russia not to change refugee policy, presidential sources in Ankara said on Friday morning. The agreement on a ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province does not require Ankara to change its refugee policy, the sources stressed. “The Russia-Turkey agreement does not require the rollback of …

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“Migration Crisis” Made in Turkey: : More than 500 people arrive on Aegean islands

Migration Crisis Made in Turkey: More than 500 people have arrived on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos by Sunday noon, while more are reportedly on the way to Greece. The plastic boats started leaving from six different locations in west coast of Turkey since the early morning hours …

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Tension high at Evros border as thousands try to cross into Greece (vids)

Tension at the Evros land border between Greece and Turkey is high on Saturday morning, as thousands of refugees and migrants are trying to push their way to Greece. Young and old, families with children are either in the buffer zone between the two countries or on the Turkish side. …

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Turkey: “Refugee influx to Europe will continue to grow”

Turkey tries to justify the influx of refugees and migrants to Greece with the situation in Idlib and Syria. “The influx of migrants from Turkey towards Europe will continue if the situation in Idlib, Syria continues to worsen,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. What it …

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