EU and Greece Turn Backs on Refugees
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EU and Greece Turn Backs on Refugees

  ATHENS—Thousands of refugees arriving to Greece’s Aegean islands are caught in a dysfunctional reception system and are facing inhumane conditions, the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. More than 14,000 people—more than 90 percent of whom are fleeing war-torn Syria—have crossed the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Dodecanese … Continue reading

Government to Syrian refugees at Syntagma Square: ‘Remaining here will get you nowhere’
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Government to Syrian refugees at Syntagma Square: ‘Remaining here will get you nowhere’

  In a questionable bid to persuade the Syrian war refugees camped in Syntagma Square opposite parliament demanding documents so they can travel to other EU countries, the interior ministry distributed a leaflet last week, urging them to give up their peaceful protest and apply for asylum as their only legal option. The leaflet  in … Continue reading

Outcry over the deaths in the Aegean sea
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Outcry over the deaths in the Aegean sea

Amnesty International calls on the Greek government to investigate all allegations of mistreatment and collective repulsions at the Greek-Turkish borders in the Aegean and  to prosecute the officials involved in such practices. At the same time, Varvitsiotis [Shipping Minister] washes his hands of the incident while hurling racist comments. 23 January 2014 Amnesty International requests … Continue reading

Twelve drown after boat carrying migrants capsizes in coastguard operation
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Twelve drown after boat carrying migrants capsizes in coastguard operation

Twelve migrants – among them nine children and three woman – perish in the Aegean when the boat they were on capsized while being towed by the coastguard off the island of Farmakonisi Nine children and three women drowned on Monday when the boat they were travelling on capsized while being towed by the Greek coastguard … Continue reading

85 immigrants rescued near Astipalea island
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85 immigrants rescued near Astipalea island

85 immigrants (15 children, 20 women and 50 men) of unknown nationality were successfully collected 5.6 miles near Astipalea island, who where aboard a sailing boat and radioed SOS message, as prevailing bad weather conditions northerly winds 5-6 Beaufort, and there occasionally and strong hail. They have been transferred temporarily Astypalea, where the greek authorites … Continue reading