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Merkel praises Turkey over refugees but does not see it joining EU

Merkel praises Turkey over refugees but does not see it joining EU German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday praised Turkey for hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees as part of an agreement with the European Union and said she wanted close relations with Ankara but did not anticipate Turkish membership of the EU. “Turkey is […]

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A Refugee’s Success Story in Greece Thanks to the Home Project

A Refugee’s Success Story in Greece Thanks to the Home Project Young refugee “M” with his new employer, Apostolos Venturis. Credit: Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos The HOME Project, a group that helps one of the most vulnerable groups of all in Greece — unaccompanied young migrants and refugees — came to the fore last year in the […]

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Installations in 15 European cities to highlight plight of refugees at Lesvos camp

Installations in 15 European cities to highlight plight of refugees at Lesvos camp Fifteen European cities will on Saturday be displaying portraits of men, women and children at the makeshift migrant camp on Lesvos that has served as home to thousands of people since the Moria facility burned down last year, it was announced on […]

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Migrant numbers drop on eastern Aegean islands

Migrant numbers drop on eastern Aegean islands The population of refugees and migrants on the islands is showing a significant decrease, with official data from the Migration Ministry showing that the number on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos had fallen below 5,000 for the first time since 2016. More specifically, according to data released […]

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UN: Migrant deaths on sea routes to Europe more than double

UN: Migrant deaths on sea routes to Europe more than double The number of migrants and refugees who died while attempting to reach Europe on dangerous sea crossings more than doubled so far this year compared to the first six months of 2020, the United Nations’ migration agency said in a new report. At least […]

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Number of Refugees, Migrants on Lesvos Now Under 5,000

Number of Refugees, Migrants on Lesvos Now Under 5,000 Migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos. Credit: Greek government The number of refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesvos is now less than 5,000, according to figures released by the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum on Tuesday. This represents the […]

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EU greenlights major funding plan for refugees in Turkey

EU greenlights major funding plan for refugees in Turkey European Union leaders greenlighted plans on Friday to give Turkey another 3 billion euros ($3.6 billion) over the next few years to provide fresh assistance to Syrian refugees on its territory and to help the country boost border controls. “It’s about additional funds of 3 billion […]

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Dendias: Greece respects refugees’ struggles

Dendias: Greece respects refugees’ struggles Greece respects the struggles of refugees who have been forced to leave their homes, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has tweeted on the occasion of the World Refugee Day. It was 70 years ago, on July 28, 1951 that the UN approved the Geneva Convention on refugees. Greeks are fully aware […]

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Peloni: Permanent 30 pct reduction of VAT on five islands hosting migrants and refugees

Peloni: Permanent 30 pct reduction of VAT on five islands hosting migrants and refugees Government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni referred to the Greek Recovery and Resilience Plan ‘Greece 2.0’ during a press briefing on Friday, saying that Greece is one of the countries benefiting from the distribution of funds from the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility […]

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Greece Says Turkey is Safe for Migrants from Five Countries

Greece Says Turkey is Safe for Migrants from Five Countries Migrants and refugees at Kara Tepe in Lesvos in September, 2020. Credit: Greek Ministry of Migration Policy Greece said on Monday that migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Somalia should seek asylum in Turkey instead of Greece. Asylum seekers from the five countries specified […]

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Sound Canons Deployed by Greece to Deter Migrants Alarm the EU

Sound Canons Deployed by Greece to Deter Migrants Alarm the EU Refugees crossing the Greek border. The European Union has expressed concerns over Greece’s reported use of sounds canons to deter migrants from approaching its border at Evros. European commission spokesperson Adalbert Jahnz said on Thursday that the EU’s executive branch had “noted with concern […]

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Vaccinations start at migrant camps

Vaccinations start at migrant camps The vaccination drive for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants began yesterday at the reception and identification centers on the eastern Aegean islands of Chios, Lesvos and Samos. The vaccines, single-dose Johnson & Johnson jabs, will be administered by members of the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) and the Health […]

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LGBTQ refugees in Greece experience insecurity and discrimination

LGBTQ refugees in Greece experience insecurity and discrimination The problematic conditions experienced by LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees was revealed by a survey on Monday, including vague directions during the asylum application and examination process, precarious housing situations, discrimination in the workplace or public services, and attacks from fellow refugees. The survey was conducted by […]

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Greece Remembers the Greek Genocide of Pontus

Greece Remembers the Greek Genocide of Pontus Refugees forced to leave their ancestral lands in the early 1920s. Public Domain The Remembrance day for the Greek Genocide of Pontus was honored by Greece on Wednesday. The Hellenic Parliament will be lit up tonight to mark the occasion and mourn the Greek lives lost in the […]

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The Australian Savior of Thousands of Pontian Greek Refugees

The Australian Savior of Thousands of Pontian Greek Refugees The statue of George Treloar next to Pontian girl Lemona at Ballarat. Credit: https://monumentaustralia.org.au/ Australian military officer George Treloar saved thousands of Pontian Greek refugees who were forced to flee their ancestral homes in Turkey in the 1920s. In 2019 Greek Australians raised money to create […]

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