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Greece tightens sea and land borders, Armed Forces, Coast Guard on alert

Greece has maximized border controls at land and sea borders with Turkey after Erdogan opened the gates for refugees and migrants to go to Greece and “Europe.” Armed Forces and Coast guard are on alert, the chief of General Staff is heading to Evros and the islands of the North …

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Erdogan opened gates to refugees and migrants to Greece, EU (videos)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has played his long-standing blackmail card: he opened the gates to refugees and migrants to Greece and Europe.Turkish television channels have been broadcasting footage showing Syrian refugees and migrants from other countries walking towards Greece and Europe, after the Turkish Gendarmerie opened the Syrian gates …

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“Of Humans and Mice”: Dramatic situation in the hotspot of Chios

A health bomb is about to explode on the island of Chios where 6,700 refugees and migrants live in despicable living conditions in a reception and accommodation center with capacity for just one thousand people. Humans and mice live close next to each other with garbage piling up next to …

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UNHCR/EU cash assistance for refugees & asylum seekers in Greece

In December 2019, 90,537 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (45,451 families) received cash assistance in Greece, in 116 locations. UNHCR provides cash assistance in Greece, as part of the ESTIA programme, funded by the European Commission. Cash assistance restores dignity and empowers asylum-seekers and refugees who can now choose how to …

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Pope Francis sends aide to Lesvos to bring 33 refugees to Rome

The Vatican says Pope Francis has dispatched a close aide to the Greek island of Lesvos to bring back 33 asylum-seekers to Rome. During his visit to Moria in 2016, the Pope had taken three Syrian families, a total of 12 people with six children among them, to the Holy …

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Turkey calls on Greek PM to “stop push-backs,” respect migrants’ rights

Turkey launched a verbal attack against Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, accusing him of “manipulating the public opinion.” Speaking of “inhumane ocnditions for refugees and migrants, a statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Ankara calls on Greece to “stop push-backs and the use of weapons” respect migrant’s rights and …

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Mitsotakis: Europe is treating “Greece as convenient ‘storage’ for refugees & migrants

“Europe is treating first arrival countries like Greece as convenient ‘storage’ for refugees and migrants. Is this European solidarity?” Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview with German daily Handelsblatt on Tuesday. At the same time, he announced the hiring of additional personnel to better manage refugees and …

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9-month-old baby dies of dehydration in overcrowded Moria camp

A 9-month-old baby died of dehydration in the overcrowded Moria camp on the island of Lesvos, Medicins Sand sFrontiers/Doctors Without Borders announced late on Saturday. The baby’s parents are asylum-seekers from Congo. We have been confirmed today by the local hospital in #Lesbos that a 9 month old baby has …

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Monastery opens its gates to host vulnerable Syrian refugees

A monastery will open its gates and host asylum-seekers, single parent families from Syria, consisting of 50-60 women and children. It is one of the two monasteries the Metropolis of Ilia opens for vulnerable groups of refugees. First negative reactions by locals already are being heard. The refugees are expected …

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Bishop Ignatios: He who doesn’t help refugees & migrants “is not a Christian”

Someone who refuses help to refugees and migrants is “neither Greek nor Christian,” Bishop of Dimitriados and Almyros, Ignatios, amid growing protests by local communities against their resettlement from the islands. Speaking to Alpha FM, Ignatios said “I cannot accept anyone who refuses to help refugees and immigrants. For me, …

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Number of unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece rises to 4,800

They are the most vulnerable group among the refugees: unaccompanied minors in Greece. 4,800 children, aged 2 -17. A real challenge for those in and outside Greece dealing with their protection. 30 percent of them are orphans. Seven out of ten have families in Europe and need to be reunited. …

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