Athens, Greece | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 19:32 GMT
Migrants trying to sail from Turkey to Greece are increasingly reporting being attacked by gunmen trying to prevent them from reaching Europe, according to multiple sources.
The reports came as the UN's refugee agency on Friday said Greece's infrastructure was falling "far short" of the needs of the 109,000 migrants who have arrived in the country this year, fleeing war, poverty and persecution.
By Alain Rodriguez, Caritas Europa
Wars, conflicts and persecution worldwide are pushing millions of people to take to the road with the hope of finding a better life somewhere else. They come to Europe from Eritrea, Iraq, Syria, Burma, Afghanistan and many other places where life is more about survival than anything else.
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The European Union (EU) is facing unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants arriving by boat.
In 2014, 220,000 people arrived, almost double the combined total of 121,000 from 2011 through 2013. During just the first six months of 2015, 137,000 arrived, compared with 75,000 during the first six months of 2014. As seas are calmer during the summer months, many more are expected before the end of 2015.
Source: Reuters - Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:27 GMT
By Angelica Ramos
ATHENS, July 25 (Reuters) - Aid workers called for emergency accommodation for hundreds of migrants who are camped out in the streets of the Greek capital as it struggles back from the brink of financial collapse.
“Look at us now! This is inhumane.”
Jeilan (28 years old and from Aleppo, Syria) with her 4 year old daughter in the Kara Tepe refugee camp on the island of Lesbos. She has already spent 5 days in the camp waiting for her papers to be issued by the police.
She says, “I am here with my husband and my four-year-old daughter. We had to leave Aleppo because of the bombing. We ran for our lives. We did not bring anything with us, we left everything behind.
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By Irma Sofia Espinosa Peraldi, Caritas Athens
The situation in Greece is getting worse by the day. New migrants know about the economic crisis here, but still they decide to come to Greece as it is their entry point to Europe. The arrival of migrants in the Greek islands is 500 percent more than last year.
• The situation regarding the major fires that broke out on17July in central and southern Greece is improving, after 74 new fires broke out within 24hover 18-19 July, according to the Hellenic Fire Service, as of 19 July.
• The FFFP module (Aerialforestfirefightingmoduleusingplanes) offered by France through the EU Voluntary Pool of assets, were deployed on 18 July. On 19 July, the French FFFP module conducted operations in Zakinthos Island and Malantreni performing more than 10 operation hours and 38 drops.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Monday 7/20/2015 - 19:40 GMT
by Lachlan CARMICHAEL
EU ministers failed to agree Monday on how to redistribute a total of 40,000 mostly Syrian and Eritrean migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece.
They agreed to start relocating a little over 32,000 of the arrivals among the EU's 28 members in October, falling around 8,000 short of the target agreed by EU leaders at a summit in June.
20/07/2015 12:45 Press release 606/15
– MSF calls for urgent action on reception crisis
London/Athens, 20 July, 2015: Thousands of migrants and asylum seekers are currently stranded in precarious conditions across several Greek islands, despite repeated calls by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) over the past six months for improvements to be made to the country’s reception capacity.
Source: Reuters - Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:42 GMT
By Lefteris Karagiannopoulos
ATHENS, July 16 (Reuters) - Shading himself from the scorching sun in a busy Athens square was a Syrian refugee named Haisam, one of 800 to 1,000 who ended up in the Greek capital on Thursday, stranded in a recession-hit city not equipped to receive him.
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Italy - Through last weekend, approximately 4,800 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean and brought to Italian and Greek ports. The Italian Coast Guard saved 3,720 migrants in the Channel of Sicily, while Hellenic maritime forces brought to safety another approximately 1,100 migrants.
Tuesday a total of 611 migrants rescued since Sunday night are due to arrive in the port of Taranto on the Swedish coast guard ship Poseidon. It is not known at this time if they were rescued from a single craft or from several. Another 200 rescued migrants arrived Monday night in Lampedusa.
By Christopher Horwood
NAIROBI, 14 July 2015 (IRIN) - In a new column, Christopher Horwood, who has worked in humanitarian and development aid for over three decades and is the founding coordinator of the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) in Nairobi, Kenya, urges EU leaders to rethink their contradictory approach to irregular migration
Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Monday 7/13/2015 - 15:26 GMT
Turkey's coastguard on Monday detained around 150 migrants as they attempted to sail from the country's western coast to the Greek island of Lesbos, state media reported.
Acting on a tip-off, the authorities stopped 101 immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria as they were about to set off from the Turkish town of Ayvacik in the western Canakkale province.
They were taken into custody pending deportation, the official Anatolia news agency reported.
Athens, Greece | AFP | Sunday 7/12/2015 - 03:23 GMT
by Pauline FROISSART
They arrive full of hope and ambition to idyllic Greek islands, having fled war and other perils. However, once in Athens the migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq discover a country in crisis with little to offer them.
At 6:00 am, with the sun rising over the Athens port of Piraeus, hundreds of grateful migrants disembark from ferries in the midst of summer holidaymakers.
Urgent EU Support Needed to Ensure Basic Rights for Refugees
(Athens, July 11, 2015) – Thousands of migrants and asylum seekers on Greece’s Aegean islands face appalling reception and detention conditions as the humanitarian crisis for people reaching the islands by sea intensifies, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite considerable efforts by local authorities on the islands, debt-stricken Greece is unable to meet its most basic obligations toward the people who arrive there, the vast majority of whom are fleeing violence and repression.
Greece - IOM estimates that some 150,000 migrants have reached Europe by sea to date in 2015. Almost all arrivals were registered in Italy (74,947) or Greece (75,970).
Data provided by the Italian Ministry of Interior shows that during the first six months of 2015, some 70,354 migrants arrived on Italian shores – a slight increase from the same period in 2014, when migrants rescued at sea totaled 63,884 through June 30.
GENEVA, July 10 (UNHCR) – On average 1,000 refugees are now arriving on the Greek islands every day creating an unprecedented emergency for Greece and other countries, the UN refugee agency reported on Friday (July 10).
UNHCR said that since the beginning of the year, a staggering 77,100 people had arrived in Greece by sea, many on flimsy and unsafe vessels. Almost 60 per cent of the new arrivals are from Syria while others come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and Somalia.