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2020

27

Feb

Elected Turkish mufti sentenced to 4 months in Greece

Ahmet Mete, the elected mufti of Xanthi in northern Greece, on Wednesday was sentenced to four months in prison due to usurping authority. The implementation of the prison sentence was delayed. If Mete commits a crime in three years, the sentence will be implemented. Erkan Azizoğlu, the imam of the nearby village of Glafki, was […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT Haber , DS

18

Feb

Turkish minority slams Greek president over denial of their identity

Turkish minority communities in Greece have criticized a recent statement by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos that referred to them as a “Greek Muslim minority,” saying that the statement denies their ethnic identity. The Federation of European Western Thracian Turks said in a statement that the Greek government continues to maintain its policy of denial regarding […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , DS

08

Feb

UNHCR urges Greece to improve refugee conditions

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) urged Greece on Friday to increase efforts to address “alarming” overcrowding and precarious conditions for asylum seekers and migrants staying on the five Aegean islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros. “UNHCR has been appealing to the Greek government to use emergency measures to expedite its plans to transfer […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT Haber , AA

05

Feb

Greek police fire teargas at protesting migrants, refugees on Lesbos

Greek police fired teargas to disperse migrants and refugees protesting on Monday about conditions in migrant camps on the island of Lesbos and the slow pace of processing asylum requests. Violence broke out near the Kara Tepe camp, a police official said, after hundreds of people marched from the island’s congested migrant camps to the […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT Haber , Reuters

04

Feb

Greece says it’s speeding up asylum cases and returns

Greece said it has begun to enforce fast track procedures for new asylum applicants and is stepping up deportations to Turkey, but aid organisations have voiced concerns that applicants’ rights are being trampled upon. Greece deported 53 asylum seekers in January, police told Al Jazeera, slightly higher than the monthly average of 45 since the EU-Turkey […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Sputnik , AJ

30

Jan

Greece plans a 1.7-mile ‘floating fence’ in the sea to stop migrants reaching its islands

Greece plans to install a ‘floating fence’ in the sea to stop migrants reaching its islands from the nearby coast of Turkey. The 1.7-mile barrier will be put in place within the next three months after the government has found a private contractor to build it. The Defence Ministry announced the plans on a government procurement website […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT Haber , Daily Mail

25

Jan

Greece denies healthcare to seriously ill refugee children

In Moria camp, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, the Greek government is deliberately depriving at least 140 children with chronic, complex and life-threatening diseases of adequate medical care. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling on the Greek government to act on these grave medical concerns and evacuate all severely ill children to the Greek mainland […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT Haber , MSF

23

Jan

Greece migrant crisis: Islanders strike over crowded camps

Migrant numbers are rising, and conditions at the overcrowded camps on the islands are dismal. At Moria, the largest camp on the island of Lesbos, there are more than 19,000 asylum seekers living at a facility with a capacity for 2,840. Banners on the Lesbos municipal theatre proclaimed: “We want our islands back”. Another read: […]

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Country: Greece
Source: NTV , BBC

2019

20

Dec

Greek police fire tear gas at migrants on island of Samos

Greek police on Thursday (Dec 19) fired tear gas at migrants protesting against their detention and living conditions in a migrant camp on the northern Aegean island of Samos, officials said. About 300 people, mostly Africans, rallied outside the camp in Vathy demanding to be allowed to leave the island, a police official said. The […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Euro News

19

Dec

Clashes break out in migrant camp on Greek island of Samos

Clashes broke out Thursday between police and a group of migrants at a refugee camp on the eastern Greek island of Samos, prompting the local mayor to shut down a nearby elementary school and kindergarten. The clashes came as about 200 people began protesting conditions in the dramatically overcrowded camp and demanding they be allowed […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT Haber , NYT