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08 Sep 2017 description
The number of new arrivals, which accelerated in August, is putting pressure on overcrowded reception facilities and hampering efforts to improve conditions.
27 Mar 2017 description
UNHCR has set out recommendations to ensure a more sustainable system, where asylum-seekers and refugees access adequate care, support and the solutions they need.
04 Nov 2016 description
Besides replacing tents with some 1,000 residential containers on eight official sites, UNHCR is also delivering up to 200,000 winter items to 38,000 asylum-seekers on sites in the Greek mainland and the islands.
20 Sep 2016 description
Despite the number of crossings being 42% lower than in the same period last year (520,000), the number of people reported dead or missing is only 15% lower than the total for 2015 (3,771).
01 Jul 2016 description
The pre-registration exercise aims to address the need to access international protection by an estimated 49,000 people currently on mainland Greece.
10 Jun 2016 description
An update of the regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) needs almost US$ 670 million this year, of which contributions of US$ 328.8 million have been received so far.
04 Apr 2016 description
In the early hours of a March morning, Monzir's rubber dinghy arrived in Lesvos, but it was already too late. At midnight that day (March 20), the status of arrivals like Monzir underwent a seismic shift.
01 Apr 2016 description
Urging caution, UNHCR today called on all parties to the recent agreement between the EU and Turkey on refugees and migrants to ensure all "safeguards" are in place before any returns from Greece to Turkey begin.
22 Mar 2016 description
Agency has suspended activities at all closed centres on the islands. However, it will maintain a presence to carry out protection monitoring to ensure refugee and human rights standards are upheld.
01 Mar 2016 description
Europe is on the cusp of a largely self-induced humanitarian crisis in light of a rapid build-up of people in an already struggling Greece, with governments not working together despite having agreements in a number of areas.
23 Feb 2016 description
Recent restrictive practices adopted in several European countries are placing additional undue hardships on refugees and asylum-seekers across Europe, the UN refugee agency said.
26 Jan 2016 description
The appeal aims at funding humanitarian operations in 2016 across the affected countries, with approximately half of the funds allocated for Greece.
24 Nov 2015 description
With refugees expected to continue arriving in Europe via Greece over the winter, it is imperative that the situation be managed so as to minimize the risks of new problems being created.
13 Nov 2015 description
Of the 660,000 refugees and migrants who have reached Greece this year more than half have landed at Lesvos. With winter approaching, reception conditions and capacity remain overstretched and inadequate.
20 Oct 2015 description
The latest arrivals have taken the overall total to some 502,500 for this year. The spike in arrivals in Greece is sharply increasing reception pressures on the islands.