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Samothraki: Hundreds of tourists stranded due to transport failure

Hundreds of tourists remain stranded on the island of Samothraki – Samohtrace – in the North Aegean Sea, since a week due to failure of ferries to transfer them to the port of Alexandroupolis on the mainland. The situation is a drag for visitors and locals who report of shortages …

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“Majority of Greeks are not xenophobic,” says Migration Minister

The majority of the Greek people are not xenophobic and see the issue of migration as a result of need, not a problem, Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Alpha 989 radio on Friday. In an interview on upcoming European Parliament elections, Vitsas responded to a comment that migration was …

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Number of asylum-seekers in Greece rose to 73,000, says Migration Minister

There are about 15,000 immigrants living in the Greek islands, Migration Minister Dimitris Vitsas said on Monday. He pointed out at the overpopulation of the hot spots on Samos and Moria on Lesvos. And he stressed that the majority of migrants arriving in Greece nowadays are from Afghanistan and countries …

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Director of Reception Centers fired after urging investigation on Refugees EU Funds

The Director of Refugees Reception and Identification Centers in Greek Ministry of Migration was fired early afternoon Thursday.  Previous to his dismissal, Andreas Iliopoulos had given an interview to a Greek newspaper in which he was asking the prosecutor’s intervention with regards management of EU Funds for the refugees and …

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Operation “Moria camp” launched, first of 3,000 asylum seekers left for mainland

The first one hundred asylum-seekers from Moria Camp on the island of Lesvos left for Kavala on board of a ship early Friday morning. They are heading to a new camp in Volvi area near Thessaloniki in Northern Greece. The new camp has a capacity for 1,400 people. The group …

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Migration Minister reassures “no new hot spots on the islands, no asylum seekers returns”

Migration Minister, Dimitris Vitsas, dismissed dress reports that new hot spots will be established on the islands or that asylum seekers returns from Germany will be place on the five islands. In a letter to the mayors of the islands that have received the majority of refugees and migrants, that …

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Greece concerned about increase of refugees inflow especially through Evros river

Greece is concerned about the increase of refugees and migrants inflow especially through the natural border of Evros river in North-East. Briefing the parliamentary committee on Tuesday, Mgration Minister, Dimitris Vitsas, said that that refugees and migrants arrivals from Turkey have dramatically increased after the Varna EU-Turkey Summit on March …

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Shock in Idomeni! Born in a tent, baby gets first bath from a water bottle, out in the cold (picture)

The picture shocks! A woman and a man are bathing a tiny newborn naked baby outside a tent in Idomeni refugee camp in Greece’s borders to FYROM. They hold the baby above the mud that is covering the camp. The woman holds the baby with one hand and washes the …

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