Immigration

Migrant Camp at Lesvos to be Shut Down Soon, Greece Says

The migrant camp of Kara Tepe in the island of Lesvos will shut down within the next few weeks, Μigration Minister Notis Mitarakis said.

Young Boy Dies in Fire at Greek Migrant Camp

A seven-year-old boy died after a fire broke out at a migrant camp in Thebes, northwest of Athens, late on Tuesday. The child's nationality was not released.

Syrian Rights Group Asks for Probe into Greece’s Alleged Migrant Abuse

A Syrian rights group based in the United States has formally asked for an international probe into alleged migrant abuse which they say occurred on Greek territory. The Associated Press reports that the Syria Justice and Accountability Center filed a...

Greece Calls for the Return of 1,450 Migrants to Turkey

Greece called on the European Union and its border agency Frontex, on Thursday to remove 1,450 migrants who are not entitled to asylum and return them to Turkey. The Migration and Asylum Ministry announced that it has submitted a request...

Migrant Crossings into Greece Fall by 76 Percent in 2020

Migrant crossings into Greece fell by 76% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the latest data from Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. Overall in 2020, 19,681 migrants crossed from Turkey into the Greek Aegean islands and...

New Migrant Center on Lesvos Will be Built Expeditiously, Greek PM Says

The new migrant center on the Greek island of Lesvos, to replace Moria, will be built quickly, said Greek PM Mitsotakis on Thursday.

Greek Consulates Around the Globe Enter Digital Age

Greek consulates all over the world will soon become digital -- offering the Diaspora a fast and easy way to communicate with officials and apply online for documents and certificates. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was briefed on the first steps...

Search and Rescue Underway for Migrants off the Island of Lesvos

A search and rescue attempt is currently underway off the Greek island of Lesvos after three women were reported to have fallen off a migrant boat as it neared the island early on Friday. The Greek Coast Guard launched the...

Hundreds of Child Refugees Moved from Greece to Germany

More than 1,000 migrants and refugees, including 612 children, have been relocated from Greece to Germany over the last several months following an agreement between the two countries. According to a joint statement released by the Greek authorities and the...

Somalis Make Up New Migrant Wave to Greece via Turkey

Greece is gravely concerned about a new illegal migrant wave of Somalis who are entering Greece by means orchestrated by Turkey, aided by a network of NGOs and migrant traffickers. Earlier this month, Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said in a...

Greek Police Suspends 4 Officers for Beating Helpless Refugees on Lesvos

The Greek Police announced on Friday night that they suspended three border guards and one police officer on the island of Lesvos, following the publication of a video, which showed them beating helpless refugees and migrants on the Eastern...

Greece Accused of Imposing News Blackout from Migrant Camps

Human rights groups say that a new law approved recently by the Greek Parliament imposes a general news blackout on the dozens of migrant and refugee facilities dotted around the country. Under the new law, workers operating within a refugee...

Human Trafficking: Greece Says Turkey Provides Student Visas to Somalis

Greek officials implored Turkey to try to stop the movement of migrants and refugees from its soil, charging that the individuals who have come over from that nation recently -- particularly from Somalia -- appear to have been part...

UK Nationals Legally Resident in Greece to Retain Right After Brexit

Greece announced on Monday that United Kingdom citizens and their family members, irrespective of nationality, who are permanent residents of Greece will have an established right of residence in the country after December 31. On that day the transition period...

European Commission OK's Plan for New Migrant and Refugee Center on Lesvos

Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi and European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation for the construction of a new reception center for migrants and refugees on the Greek island of...