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MSF Denounces Indefinite Detention of Migrants

ATHENS/BRUSSELS/NEW YORK—A decision by Greek authorities to detain migrants indefinitely is an appalling sign of the country's harsh treatment of migrants, worsening their already desperate situation, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières said today.

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The "Invisible Suffering" of Migrants Detained In Greece

ATHENS/BRUSSELS/NEW YORK—Prolonged and systematic detention is leading to devastating consequences on the health and dignity of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned in a report released today, which called for an end to the practice.

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Syrians desperate for a new life drown trying to reach Greece

LESVOS, Greece, April 4 (UNHCR) – The midnight water was as still as a pond of mercury when the Syrian refugees pushed the craft into the eastern Aegean. An old smuggler lured the weary people into the motorboat with a single word. "Greece," said the man as they stood on a rocky Turkish cove. He pointed to the lights of the island of Lesvos, tantalizingly close, and repeated: "Greece."

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Immigration Code Shouldn’t Deter Reporting Police Abuse

(London, March 26, 2014) – The Greek government should immediately drop plans that would deter migrant victims from reporting law enforcement abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also reintroduce measures to protect undocumented victims and witnesses of crimes, including racist violence. Parliament is debating these issues as it examines a draft immigration code.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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27 January 2014 – World Events

BOLIVIA – Severe weather

• Heavy rainfall continued affecting Bolivia on 25-26 January, adding to the floods, landslides and overflown rivers of the past two weeks.

• As of 26 January, four deaths and seven missing people were reported in the town of Rurrenabaque, close to the Beni river. As of the same day, the number of affected people countrywide had risen to 18 000, mainly in Beni, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and La Paz. (SENAMHI, Bolivian Government)

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Greece + 2 others
UNHCR - Statement on boat incident off Greece coast

UNHCR is dismayed to have learned of a boat cap-sizing off the coast of Greece in the early hours of this morning, which has left a woman and a child dead and 10 other people missing, among them infants and children.

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16 migrants rescued in Aegean, 12 still missing

01/20/2014 14:38 GMT

ATHENS, January 20, 2014 (AFP) - Greece's coastguard Monday rescued 16 migrants in the Aegean Sea while a search was underway for 12 others missing after the fishing boat carrying them capsized, authorities said.

The authorities received a distress signal early in the morning from a fishing vessel floating near Pharmakonisi island, in the southeast Aegean.

The vessel is believed to have run into a mechanical problem in rough seas.

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Greece + 1 other
Syrians, risking everything to flee war, find chilly reception in Europe

ATHENS, Greece, December 27 (UNHCR) – It's been a heartbreaking, life-threatening journey for Syrian refugee Rajaa and her three children to reach this Athens basement lit by only a small lantern and a candle. It's no wonder that even though the family is sheltered from the rain outside, they still don't feel secure.

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Over 90 migrants rescued off Greece: coastguard

12/26/2013 11:37 GMT

ATHENS, December 26, 2013 (AFP) - The Greek coastguard has rescued more than 90 migrants sailing off the south of the country after their boat ran into trouble in bad weather, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

"Overall 97 persons (were rescued) yesterday, including three who are presumed traffickers," a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP, adding they have all been taken to the western city of Pylos.

"The traffickers are being detained in the police station and the other 94 persons are in a stadium" on a temporary basis, she said.

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Greece + 1 other
Greece to Syrian refugees: Don't get too comfortable

*Syrian refugees are arriving in Greece, the closest access point to western Europe, by the thousands. But obstacles to getting there – and surviving there – are enormous.

By Nikolia Apostolou, Correspondent / December 23, 2013

As Syria's refugee crisis mounts, host countries in Europe and the Middle East have grown uneasy over new arrivals. But even by these standards, candid comments by Greece's top police official reveal a particularly hostile welcome for thousands of refugees on Europe's southern border.

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An international failure: The Syrian refugee crisis

Report
Amnesty

"Syria has become the great tragedy of this century – a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history.” António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Syria, 3 September 2013.1

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UNHCR concerned at reports that asylum seekers, including Syrians, denied entry to some EU countries

GENEVA, November 15 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday it was "greatly concerned" over reports that some European Union (EU) countries were placing barriers to entry or forcibly returning asylum-seekers, including people who have fled Syria.

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12 migrants die as boat capsizes: Greek coastguard

11/15/2013 13:16 GMT

ATHENS, November 15, 2013 (AFP) - At least twelve migrants including four children died early Friday when their boat capsized near a small Greek town on the Ionian Sea, the coastguard said.

"We believe the migrants are Syrian," a coastguard spokeswoman said.

A statement said the migrants were found on land, near an overturned eight-metre (26-foot) fibreglass boat that was still tied to the shore.

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Malta + 9 others
Horn migrants risk new routes to reach Europe

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IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 11 November 2013 (IRIN) - The shipwreck that claimed the lives of more than 350 mainly Eritrean asylum seekers off the Italian island of Lampedusa last month has focused Europe’s obsession with irregular migration on the area of the Mediterranean separating southern Italy and Malta from North Africa. But this treacherous stretch of sea represents only the final leg of a lengthy journey filled with hazards.

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Migration : Les migrants et les demandeurs d'asile changent d'itinéraire pour éviter la Grèce

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IRIN

THESSALONIQUE/ISTANBUL, 14 octobre 2013 (IRIN) - La situation économique difficile, le renforcement des mesures de sécurité, l'augmentation des dettes liées au trafic et la peur des violences xénophobes découragent les candidats à la migration et à l'asile de rejoindre la Grèce. Les personnes qui arrivent par voie terrestre du Moyen-Orient, de l'Asie centrale et de l'Afrique préfèrent désormais utiliser la Bulgarie comme un marchepied avant de continuer leur interminable périple vers les pays plus riches de l'Europe de l'Ouest.

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Migration: Migrants, asylum seekers re-route to avoid Greece

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IRIN

THESSALONIKI/ISTANBUL, 10 October 2013 (IRIN) - Dire economic conditions, increased security measures, inflated trafficking fees, and the fear of xenophobic violence are putting off potential migrants and asylum seekers to Greece. For those travelling by land from the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, Bulgaria now appears to be the favoured first foot-hold on greater journeys to wealthier western European countries.

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No welcome mat for Syrians in Europe

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IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 25 September 2013 (IRIN) - The human exodus from Syria started with a trickle in the latter half of 2011 that became a steady stream in 2012, and turned into a flood in 2013. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that on average 5,000 Syrians flee their country every day and that by mid-September around 2.1 million were living as refugees, mainly in neighbouring countries. Lebanon alone has taken in 752,000, while Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt have also accepted hundreds of thousands.

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Greece: Location Map (2013)

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Bulgaria + 7 others
Headed Somewhere in Europe, Somehow

By Apostolis Fotiadis

ATHENS, Sep 20 2013 (IPS) - While the relentless war in Syria continuously adds to the number of refugees travelling west to Europe, Greece is fast becoming a nation they are choosing to avoid.

The majority of Syrians, and also others fleeing their countries, are now trying to reach northern Europe through other routes. And the tough Balkans is emerging as one such alternative.