Tagged: Chios

Chios residents tense over rumors of new refugee camp

Speculation that authorities are planning to construct an additional migrant reception center to ease congestion at the existing hot spot on the eastern Aegean island of Chios has sparked a new wave of protests among locals. Amid rumors that Defense Ministry crews are making preparations at the Kagiava army camp, in the center of the […]

Man jailed for abusing son in Chios migrant camp

A court on Chios has sentenced a 32-year-old Syrian migrant to a total of five years in prison, without parole, for physically abusing his 3-year-old son last Tuesday at the Souda refugee camp. The attack, which occurred in the camp showers, was filmed on a phone and posted on social media. The court said he […]

Government out to appease locals over migrants

With patience running thin among local communities and migrants at overcrowded camps across the eastern Aegean, government officials said that the best solution would be to speed up the asylum process and create new reception facilities on the mainland as well as the islands. “Both of these must happen with the initiative of the Greek […]

Chios camp violence of ‘serious concern,’ says UNHCR

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday issued a statement expressing “serious concern” over recent violence at the Souda migrant reception center on the Aegean island of Chios. According to the international agency, the center came under attack for a second time on Thursday night by assailants throwing “Molotov cocktails and heavy stones,” […]

Chios: Refugees and migrants block entrances to VIAL hot spot

Dozens of refugees and migrants blocked off the two entrances to the VIAL hot spot on Chios on Thursday morning, in demonstration of the major delays in the examination of their applications for asylum. According to the demonstrators, the asylum services are examining about 5 applications a day, meaning that many if them have been […]

Chios refugee center burned in riot

Authorities on the eastern Aegean island of Chios were working on Saturday to repair the damage wreaked to a refugee reception center after frustrated youths set fire to mattresses, causing a blaze that destroyed eight prefabricated homes. Two Syrians were detained in connection with the blaze, which broke out following a dispute between migrants from […]

Chios may be left without air link to Europe in 2017

The looming risk for Chios is being left without air links to other European countries in 2017. This is due to the negative image created in foreign markets from the migration crisis, could deal a fatal blow to the island’s tourism. Petros Fengoudakis, the head of the island’s hoteliers, told DailyHellas that it so far […]

Chios: Violent clashes at the refugee camp in Souda

Algerian and Syrian refugees clashed in the camp at Souda on Chios leaving four injured late on Thursday evening, with the police having the intervene and detain 13 individuals. According to local media, the fights that broke out caused concern among the families of refugees inside the camp, who transferred to a municipal garden and […]

Fire on Chios under control – Fire Brigade remains on full alert

The major fire that broke out on the islands of Chios early on Monday morning appears to be under control, with the Fire Brigade having managed to contain the major fronts. The president of the local gum mastic growers association Giorgos Toumpos told To Vima that producers have suffered many losses, with nearly all mastic […]

Tension at Chios hotspot over asylum application delays

There is major tension at the VIAL hotspot on Chiors, where a group of about 100 refugees from African countries have occupied the road leading to the center. The occupation was carried out of frustration from the living conditions at the hotspot, but primarily the long delays in local authorities examining their asylum applications. According […]

Chios police chief steps down

Andreas Damiris on Thursday stepped down as Chios police chief citing personal reasons. Reports suggested his resignation was tied to the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis. Dimitris Avgerinos was acting as interim police head on the eastern Aegean island until Damiris’s resignation was approved by authorities.

Refugees, migrants break out from Chios detention camp in protest

Hundreds of migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Chios tore down part of the razor wire fence surrounding their holding centre on Friday and began walking to the port in protest, police officials said. Under a European Union deal with Turkey, migrants and refugees arriving after March 20 are to be held in […]

PM Tsipras visits Chios and Leros

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is visiting the refugees reception centres (hotspots) on Chios and Leros islands on Wednesday. Tsipras will be accompanied by Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas. They are expected to arrive at Chios, at 14.00. The prime minister will then leave for Brussels in order to participate in the European Council […]