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Greece

2018

06

Dec

UN sounds alarm on Greek push-back of migrants

UN officials are concerned by reports that Greek officials are sending back irregular migrants coming via Turkey — “push-back” — with no opportunity for them to seek asylum, including reports of violence. The alleged policy made headlines this week after three migrants were found in Turkish villages, without trousers or shoes, apparently frozen to death, reportedly victims […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Haberler , AA

04

Dec

3 irregular migrants found frozen to death in northwestern Turkey

The bodies of three people thought to be irregular migrants have been found in separate border villages in Turkey’s northwestern Edirne province, security sources said on December 4. The body of one migrant — thought to be of Afghan origin — was found in the village of Serem, while the bodies of two more migrants […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Sputnik , Daily Sabah

26

Nov

Students protest Greek decision to cut Turkish lessons

Students from a Muslim religious school in northeastern Greece have boycotted the latest curriculum that has reduced Turkish language lessons and Islamic teachings at the school. The Western Thrace region of Greece is home to a Muslim-Turkish minority of around 150,000 people. In a video uploaded on the internet on Sunday, a representative of the […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Sputnik

21

Nov

Greek former FM: Diplomats giving illegal visas to unaccompanied children

Former Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Kotzias revealed on Tuesday that he has referred to the prosecutor charges that Greek diplomats were allegedly involved in issuing illegal visas to unaccompanied children. During an interview with the Union of Newspaper Reporters, Kotzias revealed there are 93 cases involving diplomats illegally issuing visas to unaccompanied migrant minors. The […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Greek Greece Reporter

06

Nov

Greece should safeguard social rights for migrants

“Greece should take urgent steps and adopt long-term policies to improve the reception and integration of migrants and to reverse the adverse effects of austerity measures on access to health care and education”, says Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, publishing the report on her visit to Greece carried out in June. […]

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Country: Greece
Source: COE

23

Oct

Greek police verbally abuses migrant woman

The Greek police has suspended an officer and ordered an internal inquiry after a video showed him verbally abusing an elderly woman at a migrant camp, police said on Saturday, amid growing violence toward migrants in Greece. The woman was standing in a long line waiting for food handout at Greece’s biggest migrant camp in […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Reuters

29

Aug

Children as young as 10 ‘attempting suicide’ in notorious Greek refugee camp

Children as young as 10 have attempted suicide in a notorious refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, a humanitarian organisation has warned. More than 8,000 refugees and migrants are living in filthy conditions in Moria refugee camp, which was designed to accommodate around 3,000 people. Fights regularly break out between different nationalities, many people […]

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Country: Greece
Source: The Telegraph

10

Aug

Greece votes for compulsory retirement of Thrace muftis

The parliament on 2 August approved a legislation on the compulsory retirement of muftis appointed in the country’s Western Thrace cities of Komotini (Gumulcine) and Xanthi (Iskece). The bill proposed the compulsory retirement of 81-year-old Mufti of Komotini Mehmet Emin Sinikoglu and 78-year-old Cemali Meco, mufti of Xanthi, citing their advanced ages. The bill, which was prepared by […]

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Country: Greece
Source: World Bulletin

20

Jul

Greece: Asylum-seeking children deprived of school

Greece is denying thousands of asylum-seeking children their right to an education because of an European Union-backed migration policy that traps them on the Aegean islands, Human Rights Watch on July 18 said. The 51-page report, “‘Without Education They Lose Their Future’: Denial of Education to Child Asylum Seekers on the Greek Islands,” found that fewer […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Human Rights Watch , En Son Haber

24

May

Greece grants right of asylum to Turkish putschists

The Greek Council of State decided on Wednesday to provide a right of asylum to former soldiers who had fled Turkey during the defeated coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Greece’s supreme administrative court evaluated Greek government’s objection to the right of asylum given by the Greek Asylum Commission to Suleyman Ozkaynakci, one of former […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Dünya Bülteni , Anadolu Agency