Tagged: Refugees

Over 10,000 refugees relocated, IOM says

More than 10,000 asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea have been relocated from Greece to other European Union states since the launch of the bloc’s relocation program in 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration, which is implementing the scheme. Since the beginning of March, 367 people have left Greece for Belgium, Estonia, […]

UN tourism head praises Athens on refugees

The head of the United Nations tourism body praised Greece on Thursday for its reception of more than 1 million refugees at the peak of the migration crisis in 2015. Taleb Rifai, a Jordanian who is secretary-general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, said that “Greece was correct in receiving them… by correct I […]

Islanders resist new migrant centers, governors assume duties

Government plans to create pre-departure detention centers for migrants ineligible for refugee status have run into opposition from locals on Chios and other eastern Aegean islands, Kathimerini understands. Authorities say the new facilities will accelerate returns to Turkey and, as a result, help reduce the numbers of migrants and refugees on the islands which currently […]

Around 10,000 refugee children to attend school this month

Some 10,000 refugee and migrant children up to the age of 15 will be attending Greek schools by mid-February, according to the Education Ministry, which is also working on a similar plan to provide vocational training to people aged between 15 and 24. The education projects are being undertaken by the ministry in collaboration with […]

Mouzalas: “The refugees must remain on the islands”

The Minister of Migration Policy Yannis Mouzalas argued that refugees entering Greece must remain on the islands, as part of the EU-Turkey agreement. According to Mr. Mouzalas, should the refugees be removed from Chios or other islands, then the deal will fall apart and the flow of refugees from Turkey will soar to 4,000 arrivals […]

Overcrowded islands on the brink of uncontrollable strife

The islands of the eastern Aegean with populations of refugees and migrants who have arrived since March are at risk of increased conflict, according to local observers who are warning that the situation on Greece’s overcrowded islands is “dangerous and could get out of control at any moment.” Between Tuesday morning and last night, 112 […]

Refugees struggling with mental health

Refugees and migrants stranded in camps across Greece suffer from increased instances of mental illness, according to a report, Greece in 2016: Vulnerable People Left Behind, published by the international aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). In its report, the Paris-based humanitarian group said that refugees in Greece suffer from conditions ranging from […]

Over 12,000 refugees stranded on the Aegean islands

More than 12,000 refugees are currently stranded on islands in the Aegean Sea, a record high number following the EU-Turkey agreement. As of Monday morning there are 5,499 refugees on the island of Lesvos, 4,210 on Chios and 2,316 on Samos, bringing the total tot 12,025. In the past 48 hours it was reported that […]

Migrants in five Aegean hot spots rise above 15,000 mark

The number of migrants on the five islands of the eastern Aegean with so-called “hot spots” to accommodate arrivals from neighboring Turkey rose above 15,000 over the weekend, according to government figures. On Lesvos, an official count shows that 6,147 migrants are awaiting either the outcome of their asylum applications or deportation with 4,210 on […]

PM to chair crisis meeting after unrest at migrant centers

Tensions bubbled to the surface at a reception center on Chios on Wednesday when migrants angrily protested against the slow processing of asylum applications, damaging the offices of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) just two days after similar unrest on Lesvos. The upheaval underscored the problem of overcrowding at centers on five eastern Aegean […]

Samos: Hot spot at ‘busting point’ with 2,126 asylum seekers

Conditions at the hot spot on the island of Samos are becoming increasingly tough as there are currently 2,126 migrants and refugees accommodated there, when the facility was designed to house 850. In the past 24 hours a total of 82 refugees arrive on the island, according to the Ministry of Migration Policy, while 20 […]

Moria camp damaged in riots as rumors fly

Migrants on Monday attacked the premises of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) inside the Moria hot spot on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, completely destroying four container office units and damaging another two during a protest that was contained by riot police. Officials said the protesters, most of them men from Pakistan, threw […]

Migrants set fire in riot at Lesvos reception center

Hundreds of migrants were involved in an uprising on Monday at the Moria reception center on Lesvos where protesters set fires to express frustration at their continued detention. According to local reports, most of the protesters were migrants from Pakistan. Many of them have been at the center for months awaiting the outcome of asylum […]

Annual Euromed Summit scheduled for 24-25 October in Greece

The Euromed Summit 2016 of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions is scheduled to take place on the 24th and 25th of October at the Mare Nostrum Hotel in Varavrona, Greece. The annual summit meeting brings together some 120 participants from a range of economic and social councils, or similar institutions, representatives of employers, […]

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 […]

EU official warns of jihadist influx

Europe’s Security Commissioner Julian King Tuesday warned that the European Union must brace itself for an influx of radical jihadists if Iraqi forces wrest back Mosul, a stronghold of the so-called Islamic State. “The retaking of the IS northern Iraq stronghold, Mosul, may lead to the return to Europe of violent IS fighters,” King told […]

273 new refugees and migrants land on Greek islands

A total 273 migrants and refugees have landed on the Greek islands in the northern Aegean over the past four days, according to data released by North Aegean regional Police. 111 have landed on the island of Lesvos, 158 on Samos and 4 on Chios since Friday. According to the official figures, an aggregate number […]

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, […]