Tagged: migrants

Smuggling ring dismantled by Greek-British operation

Authorities in Iraklio, Crete, on Friday detained 12 suspected members of a criminal racket believed to be smuggling undocumented immigrants from Greece to other European Union member-states including the United Kingdom. The arrests were carried out following a joint operation between Hellenic Coast Guard officials and the UK’s National Crime Agency. Authorities also detained 110 […]

UNCHR calls on Greece to fix ‘dire’ situation for migrants

Governments along the Western Balkan route into the European Union must do more to help migrants and refugees who are dying in the cold winter weather rather than just violently push them back from the border, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, adding that the “situation in Greece is dire.” “Children are particularly […]

Greece sends navy ship to help freezing migrants

Greece’s navy has sent a tank landing ship to the island of Lesvos to house refugees and migrants during a cold snap that has triggered public health warnings. The vessel has docked and is due to provide accommodation for about 500 migrants. A medical association on Lesωos said Tuesday that conditions at the main camp […]

Activists, migrants squatting in city buildings

Residents and shop owners in parts of central Athens have told Kathimerini that an increasing number of derelict buildings are being occupied by activists and refugees and that appeals to the police and local authorities to intervene have failed to produce a solution. More than 15 buildings have been occupied in the city center, Exarchia […]

Finland wants EU deals with Iraq and others on migrants

Finland said on Wednesday it would push the European Union to step up efforts to curb illegal migration by negotiating agreements with Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. European leaders are due at a summit on Thursday to discuss results from their recent migration compacts with five African countries – Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal and Ethiopia. In […]

Four migrants dead in crippled boat, 15 saved

Four people believed to be migrants have been found dead on a crippled boat in the northern Aegean Sea and another 15 survivors have been rescued, Greek authorities said Wednesday. The boat was located following a 17-hour search and rescue operation by sea and air, after somebody believed to be a passenger on the inflatable […]

Tensions flare at camps after migrants hit and killed by car

Tension among migrants and refugees at accommodation facilities in Thessaloniki was palpable Monday after a woman and her 9-year-old son were killed by a car on Sunday outside a camp in the area of Oraiokastro, northern Greece. Migrants are demanding the exemplary punishment of the driver and an improvement of their living conditions. The accident, […]

Migrants Rescued from Fire at Refugee Camp in Thessaloniki

Authorities in Thessaloniki are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out Saturday at a migrant reception center near the Thessaloniki Port Authority. Twelve firefighters along with members of the Greek Coast Guard joined forces to rescue some dozens of migrants from the flames. There were no serious injuries reported and only one migrant […]

New migrant center to open near Thiva as Cretan authorities protest plans for four local camps

The government is planning to host around 1,000 migrants in a former cotton mill near the city of Thiva in central Greece, it emerged Tuesday, as authorities on Crete expressed objections to plans to accommodate another 2,000 migrants in four migrant centers on the island. According to the government’s plans, most of the migrants currently […]

Over 13,000 migrants have applied for asylum

More than 13,000 migrants have lodged applications for asylum in Greece since the beginning of this year, according to government figures, but it could take months for the requests to be processed even as the Aegean islands are seeing hundreds of new arrivals every week. According to the most updated available government figures, 13,583 migrants […]

Police detain migrants with doctored Japanese passports

Police in northwestern Greece on Friday detained three Afghan nationals who tried to board flights at Aktion Airport with forged Japanese passports. According to the police, two men, aged 24 and 25, and a 25-year-old woman, tried to board a flight to Vienna. An inspection by police revealed that they were carrying doctored Japanese passports.

EC proposes new rules for granting asylum and resettlement for migrants

The European Union’s executive arm is proposing new EU-wide rules for granting asylum and resettlement for migrants, among the most controversial of political issues in many European countries. The proposals were made public Wednesday by EU officials. In a statement, EU Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans said the proposed reforms “will make sure that […]

Up to 35,000 migrants to be relocated over two years

Of the 49,000 migrants and refugees currently stranded in camps around the Greek mainland, up to 35,000 are expected to resettle in other European states over the next two years, Dailyhellas understands. A so-called pre-registration process, which is implemented by the Asylum Service in cooperation with UNHCR and the European Support Office on Asylum (EASO), […]

Project underway to pre-register thousands of stranded refugees, many with expired documents

With estimates suggesting that it will take at least a year before tens of thousands of refugees and migrants stranded on the Greek mainland have submitted their asylum applications, a large-scale operation was launched last week to speed up the process by pre-registering the applications of people that entered the country from January 1, 2015, […]

Over 100 migrants land on Crete island

A group of 113 mostly Afghan migrants has landed on Greece’s biggest island Crete, officials said on Wednesday, the first big arrival on the island since the migrant crisis began. Crete, Greece’s southernmost island, lies north of Libya and Egypt. The migrants said they had set off from Antalya on Turkey’s southwestern coast, some 260 […]

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 […]

Smugglers made $5-6 billion off migrants to Europe in 2015: Interpol

People smugglers made over $5 billion from the wave of migration into southern Europe last year, a report by international crime-fighting agencies Interpol and Europol said on Tuesday. Nine out of 10 migrants and refugees entering the European Union in 2015 relied on “facilitation services”, mainly loose networks of criminals along the routes, and the […]

EU border agency says migrant arrivals in Greece drop 90 percent

The number of migrants arriving in Greece dropped 90 percent in April, the European Union border agency said on Friday, a sign that an agreement with Turkey to control traffic between the two countries is working. The agency, Frontex, said 2,700 people arrived in Greece from Turkey in April, most of them from Syria, Pakistan, […]

Refugees refuse to go to Portugal

The EU-Turkey refugee relocation agreement is so far proving to be ineffective, as most EU countries are unwilling to open their borders to refugees and migrants. Portugal, according to Bloomberg, is the exception, as it is willing to take in thousands of refugees, but is an unpopular relocation destination for the refugees themselves. Only 234 […]