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Greece

2017

12

Oct

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Greece accused of pushing back migrants

Some 100 illegal migrants and refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria claimed they were beaten and pushed back into Turkey by Greek officials. The migrants were found on the banks of the Meriç (Evros) River on the Turkish-Greek border by Turkish border guards yesterday. The group was brought to a center for illegal immigrants. Sukh […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Daily Sabah

03

Oct

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Lack of Muslim cemetery in Athens compounds grieving

Migrant families fleeing war-torn countries in the Middle East to find shelter in Greece are suffering new wounds due to a problem in Athens: the lack of a cemetery for Muslims. “I never had a chance to go to my baby’s funeral. It was buried miles away,” Muhammed Leggar, a 33-year-old Palestinian refugee who fled […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Anadolu Agency

28

Sep

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Council of Europe Blasts Greece Over Conditions in Migrant Hot Spots

A report by a Council of Europe committee, has criticized Greece over the conditions prevailing in a number of temporary detention centers for migrants, and asylum seekers. A report by European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) is particularly critical of the continued detention of unaccompanied children, and it […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Greek Reporter

21

Jul

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Migrant children ‘misidentified’ as adults in Greece

At least 60 migrant minors stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos are currently trying to prove to the authorities they are not adults, a human rights researcher has told Anadolu Agency. Eva Cosse of Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the real number could be higher as Greece’s Migration Ministry has yet to provide official […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Anatolian News Agency

31

May

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Greece orders financial probe of refugee NGO

Greek judicial authorities have ordered an investigation into allegations that staff at a European Union-funded NGO sexually exploited refugees and misused money intended for their welfare. Immigration Minister Ioannis Mouzalas on Monday handed Supreme Court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou a letter from the EU’s top humanitarian aid official outlining the allegations. The NGO allegedly involved was […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Kathimerini English

17

May

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Food poisoning in refugee camp sends 40 refugees to hospital

Dozens of refugees and migrants from Souda camp on the island of Chios were transported to the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon. Local media report that “according to all indications, the poisoning was caused by the chicken meal they had for lunch.” Two local catering companies in contract with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) deliver […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Keep Talking Greece News

25

Apr

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EU auditors say migrant centers in Greece, Italy overwhelmed

European Union auditors say that centers set up in Greece and Italy to fast-track the registration of migrants are overwhelmed and urgently require more experts, particularly to help children. In a report released Tuesday, the auditors say that two more centers known as “hotspots” are needed to process migrants in Italy and that facilities on […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Kathimerini

25

Apr

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Syrian refugees stranded on Lesbos launch hunger strike

A group of Syrian refugees stranded on a Greek island launched a hunger strike in protest at the long processing of their asylum application, witnesses told dpa on Monday. The 14 Kurds from Syria, sitting wrapped in blankets in front of the asylum bureau at Moria camp on Lesbos, have been refusing nourishment since Friday. […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Gulf Times

20

Apr

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Child refugees in Europe ‘forced to sell bodies’ to pay smugglers

Unaccompanied child refugees in Greece desperate to reach the UK and other parts of northern Europe are being forced to sell their bodies in order to pay smugglers to help them with their journeys, according to a new report from Harvard University. The report, from Dr Vasileia Digidiki and Prof Jacqueline Bhabha at the university’s […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Guardian

31

Mar

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Migrant fruit pickers win European court case against Greece

A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh has won a case against Greece at Europe’s highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages. The Council of Europe’s Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday in favor of 42 Bangladeshi nationals, and ordered the Greek state to pay them damages of […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AP News