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German minister says refugee, migrant crisis may have peaked

chris1 - Apr 03, 2016

On the eve of the first expulsions of refugees from Greece to Turkey under a deal to slow the influx of migrants to western Europe, Germany's interior…

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Turkey preparing for up to 500 migrants from Greece Monday, says minister

chris1 - Apr 03, 2016

Turkey has prepared to take in up to 500 migrants from Greece on Monday under a plan agreed with the EU to reduce the flow of illegal…

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Scuffles break out between migrants, police at Greece’s northern border

makis - Mar 29, 2016

Dozens of migrants and refugees who have blocked a railway track on Greece’s northern in demand that neighboring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) allow them passage,…

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Minister proposes scheme to seek investors among refugees, migrants

Sokratis - Mar 27, 2016

Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas on Sunday suggested the Greek government may look for potential investors among wealthy refugees and migrants by examining the economic profile of…

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Two migrants found dead on Greek island

chris1 - Mar 20, 2016

Two migrants have been found dead on a boat that arrived on the Greek island of Lesvos, on the first day of the implementation of an agreement…

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Rising migrant tension prompts more security

chris1 - Mar 20, 2016

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…

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Bulgaria sends humanitarian aid to Greece

chris1 - Mar 13, 2016

Bulgaria on Sunday sent some 5,000 blankets, 155 tents, 500 mattresses and 150 beds, as well as pillows, bed linen and other essential items to Greece to…

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Greece steps up efforts to move migrants to sheltered camps

ilias1 - Mar 13, 2016

Greece increased efforts on Saturday to move thousands of migrants near the border with Macedonia to sheltered camps, as the spread of infection became a concern with…

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Hollande vows ‘no concessions’ to Turkey on rights, visas in migrant deal

chris1 - Mar 13, 2016

French President Francois Hollande said Saturday that the EU must not grant Turkey any concessions on human rights or visas in exchange for guarantees to stem the…

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EU to give Greece May deadline to register migrants

ilias1 - Mar 05, 2016

Europe will set Greece a deadline of May 12 to register all migrants in an orderly fashion or face more border controls, Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told…

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Turkey raises anti-smuggling steps but faces uphill struggle

chris1 - Feb 28, 2016

Turkey all but turned a blind eye last year as more than 850,000 people, most of them Syrians, slipped into Greece from Turkey on smugglers' boats. Now…

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Greece seeks to stem migrant flow as thousands trapped by border limits

ilias1 - Feb 26, 2016

Greece moved to slow the flow of migrants from its islands to the mainland on Friday as thousands of homeless refugees were trapped in the country by…

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Mouzalas: Five police chiefs are overturning EU decision on refugees

Panos - Feb 24, 2016

The Alternate Minister of Migration Policy Yannis Mouzalas has condemned the decision of Balkan states to set limitations on the flow of refugees, which in turn is…

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Refugees and migrants outnumber Kastelorizo’s residents

chris1 - Feb 21, 2016

More than 700 migrants and refugees have reached the Greek island of Kastelorizo over the past few days, since traffickers have found a passage on the island.…

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Migrants to be spread throughout the country, says Dritsas

makis - Feb 11, 2016

Despite the fact that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Minister of Defence Panos Kammenos stated that hotspots will be ready within next week, Shipping Minister Theodoros…

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Talks held on return of migrants amid Aegean tragedies

Sokratis - Jan 23, 2016

Greek police officers met with representatives of the European Commission and EU border agency Frontex on Friday in a bid to settle a recent dispute over the…

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Most Thessaloniki arrests in December involved migrants

Sokratis - Jan 09, 2016

Police in Thessaloniki said they made 1,749 arrests in December and seized 32,187 euros that was linked to alleged illegal activity. A total of 1,081 of those…

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei sets up studio on Lesvos to highlight plight of refugees

Sokratis - Jan 02, 2016

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has set up a studio on the Greek island of Lesbos to highlight the plight of refugees. The island has been the main…

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Dangerous Mediterranean crossing killed record number of migrants in 2015

Sokratis - Jan 02, 2016

More than 3,770 migrants and refugees died in 2015 trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, making the year the deadliest on record for those…