Tagged: Idomeni

Ethnic tensions at migrant camps seen as potential risk

Authorities in northern Greece are concerned that clashes may break out along ethnic lines at the new centers hosting migrants and refugees evacuated from the Idomeni border camp this week. Critics claim that migrants have been grouped together indiscriminately, without due consideration given to their age and ethnic backgrounds. According to reports, children form the […]

Idomeni refugee camp evacuation operation continues

The evacuation of the informal refugee camp at the northern Greek town of Idomeni continued on Wednesday, with about 1,000 people being transferred via bus to hospitality centers on Wednesday and 3,000 since the evacuation operation was launched on Tuesday. About 1,500 remain on site, from the 8,500 which were initially thought to have camped […]

Police video of Idomeni evacuation operation (Video)

Nearly 1,200 refugees and migrants have been relocated to the areas of Sindos and Derveni from Idomeni refugee camp on the northern borders of Greece and FYROM in the Greek police’s evacuation operation that started Tuesday. Greek police released a video footage shot from their helicopter to mitigate the negative impressions created by the government’s […]

Migrants return to railway line at Idomeni hours after being removed

Refugees again pitched their tents on the railway line connecting Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) at Idomeni on Monday just hours after police escorted them from the track. The police operation on Monday morning led to dozens of refugees and migrants packing up their tents and vacating the area. The railway […]

Idomeni: Migrants and refugees re-occupy railroad line

The railroad line at Idomeni has been reoccupied by migrants and refugees, who set up tents once more, after initially being cleared out on Monday morning by the police. The Police carried out an operation early on Monday morning at Idomeni and cleared out the railway line, which had been occupied by migrants and refugees […]

Idomeni: Refugees attempt to tear down fence on border

Clashes between FYROM police and refugees have reportedly broke out once again near the northern Greek town of Idomeni on Wednesday. Reports suggest that a group of 100 people gathered by the fence that FYROM authorities have set up and attempted to tear it down. The police forces of FYROM responded with tear gas and […]

Greek police step up patrols, security near Idomeni camp

Greek police this week stepped up patrols and checks in and around the makeshift Idomeni refugee camp on the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) after repeated attempts by groups of third country nationals to rush into the neighboring country were violently repelled by fYRoM police. Authorities were checking the particulars of […]

Fears of further clashes in Idomeni

The violent incidents carried out on Sunday between refugees in Idomeni and FYROM police has caused a new rise in tension between Greece and FYROM, while the situation in Idomeni remains volatile. There are also fears of new clashes, since solidarity groups have called again the refugees to attempt to cross the borders on Tuesday […]

Authorities discuss ways to evacuate Piraeus, Idomeni as deportations resume

As two more boatloads of migrants were deported from Greece Friday, in line with a European Union deal with Turkey that has come under fire from humanitarian groups, government officials were discussing ways of evacuating the makeshift camps at Idomeni and the port of Piraeus. According to official figures, 52,666 refugees and migrants were Friday […]

Idomeni: NGOs urge refugees to cross border

The refugees and immigrants stranded at Idomeni are once more misinformed, since there are indications that people will try to distribute false information that the borders will open and they will be able to continue their journey to Europe. FYROM and Bulgaria have already been informed since there are information that some people have mapped […]

Die Welt: Violent incidents to break out at closed border in Idomeni

German newspaper Die Welt published an article on refugee crisis warning of violent incidents in Idomeni. According to the article, the German Federal Police stresses at a confidential report that there will be violent incidents at closed borders in Greece. Germany foresees violent clashes triggered by desperate refugees and immigrants in northern borders of Greece, […]

Buses sent to Idomeni camp to transfer refugees

A fleet of buses has arrived in the sprawling refugee camp of Idomeni on Greece’s northern border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to take some of the estimated 12,000 people stranded there to nearby refugee camps. Authorities sent 20 buses to transport 1,000 people to camps set up in northern Greece. But […]

Rising migrant tension prompts more security

Growing unrest among thousands of stranded migrants and refugees across Greece over the last few days has prompted authorities to increase security at camps and shelters. “As the incidents of the past couple of days in Idomeni and Piraeus have shown, there is a lot of tension among refugees that remain in the country,” said […]

Greek PM makes fresh appeal to migrants to opt for organized camps

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday urged refugees and migrants camped in squalid conditions at Idomeni on Greece’s northern border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to agree to be moved to organized camps where they can be processed for relocation. Tsipras’s comments, which were made during a meeting with visiting Armenian […]

Refugees attempt en masse to cross over into FYROM on Clean Monday

A group of hundreds of refugees attempted to cross over into FYROM on Clean Monday, unable to bear the living conditions at the camp in Idomeni. It appears that a rumor regarding an opening in the border in the nearby Chamilo village prompted many of the refugees. Greek authorities were caught by surprise and unable […]

Government hands out flyers in Idomeni urging refugees to leave makeshift camp

The Greek government on Saturday started handing out flyers printed in Arabic, Farsi and Pashto to migrants and refugees camped out on the country’s northern border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), informing them that the crossing is closed. The message urges the residents of the squalid, rain-bogged camp to agree to be […]

US official set for border visit

US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland may visit Greece this week with the aim of viewing firsthand the impact of the refugee crisis, sources in Brussels have told Dailyhellas. Nuland may arrive on Thursday and is expected to travel to Idomeni on Greece’s border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to visit […]

About 10,000 refugees remain stranded on the border at Idomeni

The situation at the Greece-FYROM border crossing at Idomeni is growing increasingly dramatic, as only 500 refugees have been allowed to cross over, while about 10,000 are camped in the surrounding area. Given that about 1,000 refugees arrive on a daily basis from Turkish shores and FYROM reluctant to reopen its border, the situation is […]

FYROM authorities again bar passage to refugees at Idomeni

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) authorities again barred the passage of refugees through the Greece-FYROM border at Idomeni, starting at 6:00 on Friday morning. According to sources, the decision was made in order to ease overcrowding at the refugee transit camp in Gevgelija, which is full. As a result, more than 1,000 refugees have […]