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16 May 2018 description

by Reuters
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:13 GMT

Five camps on Greek islands close to the Turkish coast have been mired in violence over living conditions and delays in asylum claims

ATHENS, May 15 (Reuters) - Greece's parliament passed a bill on Tuesday aimed at making asylum procedures simpler and faster and to ease overcrowding on its island refugee camps.

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04 May 2018 description

In April alone, at least 2,900 people arrived in Greece via Evros, the river border separating Greece from Turkey

By Lefteris Papadimas

GREEK-TURKISH BORDER, Northern Greece, May 3 (Reuters) - As dawn breaks over the waterlogged plain along the border Greece shares with Turkey, an all-too familiar outline of refugees emerges through the morning haze, picking their way through a road well travelled by thousands before them.

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24 Apr 2018 description

ATHENS, April 23 (Reuters) - Clashes broke out on Sunday between asylum-seekers and groups of locals on Lesbos, police said, in one of the most serious bouts of violence on the Greek island in months.

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17 Mar 2018 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 17 March 2018 13:11 GMT

ATHENS, March 17 (Reuters) - Fifteen people, including at least five children, drowned on Saturday when the small boat they were travelling on capsized in the Aegean Sea, Greek coast guard officials said.

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30 Nov 2017 description

Thousands of asylum-seekers have become stranded on Lesbos and four other islands close to Turkey since EU agreed a deal with Ankara in March 2016

PIRAEUS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Greek authorities on Thursday moved a few hundred asylum-seekers from the island of Lesbos to the mainland in an effort to ease overcrowding in its camps.

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03 Jun 2017 description

Hundreds slept crammed in tents in the old arrivals terminal last summer, in scorching temperatures with little food and bouts of crime and violence

ATHENS, June 2 (Reuters) - Greek police on Friday cleared out a makeshift migrant camp in the former Athens airport that has long been criticised by rights' groups as unfit for human habitation.

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24 Apr 2017 description

At least 173,000 people, mostly Syrians, landed in Greece in 2016

ATHENS, April 24 (Reuters) - At least 16 people, including two children, drowned after an inflatable boat carrying refugees and migrants sank off Greece's Lesbos island, authorities said on Monday.

They are believed to be the first confirmed deaths in Greek waters this year of migrants or refugees making the short but dangerous crossing from Turkey on overcrowded rubber dinghies.

20 Apr 2017 description

Migrants find shelter in old rusting carriages on the outskirts of Greece's northern city of Thessaloniki.

THESSALONIKI, Greece, April 19 (Reuters) - It was Mohamed Khaleuf's third attempt to cross the Greek-Macedonian border hiding in a freight train and he had no plans to give up trying.

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03 Mar 2017 description

"This is a strong blow to organised crime on Crete"

ATHENS, March 3 (Reuters) - At least 13 suspected members of an international criminal organisation smuggling undocumented migrants to other European countries have been arrested, Greek authorities said on Friday.

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06 Feb 2017 description

The government wants to clear out the entire compound, which hosts around 1,600 people, to lease it to private investors

ATHENS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - A group of migrants and refugees on Monday blocked a Greek minister from entering the former Athens airport terminal, where they have been stranded for months, in a protest against their living conditions.

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30 Jan 2017 description

ATHENS, Jan 30 (Reuters) - A migrant was found dead on Monday in his tent on Greece's Lesbos island, the third death there in a week, raising alarm about conditions in Greek camps.

The man is believed to be about 20 and from Pakistan, a police official on the island said. His death at the island's Moria camp follows those on Jan. 24 and Jan. 28 of a 22-year-old Egyptian man and a 46-year-old Syrian.

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30 Dec 2016 description
  • 181,000 boat migrant arrivals in 2016 vs 154,000 in 2015

  • More than 500,000 arrivals since start of 2014

  • Some 175,000 asylum seekers living in Italian shelters

By Steve Scherer

ROME, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Nearly a fifth more migrants arrived in Italy by boat this year, setting a record and bringing the three-year total to more than half a million, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

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28 Dec 2016 description

By Angeliki Koutantou

ATHENS, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Greece, a frontline country for migrants fleeing to Europe from war and poverty, vowed on Wednesday to improve living conditions in its overcrowded island camps.

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25 Nov 2016 description

by Reuters

ATHENS, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Two people were killed and two others were injured after a fire broke out at a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesvos late on Thursday, a police official told Reuters.

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01 Nov 2016 description

Some 61,000 migrants are still scattered across Greece, including 15,900 in overcrowded island camps that have grown violent as the delays mount

(Refiles with correct Nov 1 dateline)

  • Thousands stranded on islands by EU-Turkey deal

  • Asylum applications rise sharply

  • Red-tape, inefficiency add to delays

By Karolina Tagaris

12 Oct 2016 description

Italy has now overtaken Greece as the main point of entry for migrants trying to reach Europe, UNHCR figures show

By Gabriela Baczynska

BRUSSELS, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Migrants arriving by sea to Italy are now the main problem faced by the European Union in its efforts to stem mass immigration to the bloc, the head of the EU border agency said on Wednesday.

Italy has now overtaken Greece as the main point of entry for migrants trying to reach Europe, figures from the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) show.

15 Sep 2016 description

"Does a neighborhood, a school, have the right to say 'I don't want foreigners here'? No it does not"

  • Nearly 40 percent of migrants in Greece are children

  • Many have never been to school

  • Govt hopes to enroll thousands in September

  • Locals protest decision

By Karolina Tagaris

CHIOS, Greece, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Nour ran out of the bleak refugee camp, her six-year-old shoulders weighed down by a brand-new school bag.

19 Aug 2016 description

There is no protocol between countries to share details of migrants who died at sea

  • Number of deaths on Mediterranean voyage rising

  • No protocol between countries to share details of dead

  • NGOs, Italian and Greek authorities call for coordination

  • GRAPHIC - Migrant arrivals in Greece: http://tmsnrt.rs/1WdT5R4

By Isla Binnie and Michele Kambas

11 Aug 2016 description

"The crisis is as big as ever, and as yet unsolved by governments"

  • Migrant arrivals to Europe up 15 percent on last year

  • Europe's 'silent crisis' simmers behind veil of invisibility

  • EU deal with Turkey remains fragile

By Michele Kambas and Antonio Bronic

05 Jun 2016 description

Greek authorities said 340 people were rescued and nine bodies were recovered about 75 nautical miles off southern Crete

ATHENS, June 4 (Reuters) - Migrants who survived a shipwreck on Friday off the island of Crete in the southern Mediterranean have told authorities their boat set sail from Egypt and carried about 350 people, the Greek coastguard said on Saturday.

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