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Greece Opens Two More Migrant Camps on Kos, Leros Islands

Greece opened on Saturday two more migrant camps on the islands of Kos and Leros to accommodate migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey. These camps are being referred to as “enclosed” camps due to their increased isolation...

Pope Sends Video Message Ahead of Visit to Cyprus and Greece

Just a few days ahead of his apostolic journey to Cyprus and Greece, Pope Francis sent a video message expressing his joy in visiting the countries "as a pilgrim to your magnificent lands blessed by history, culture, and the...

Dozens of Migrants Perish Trying to Reach the UK

31 migrants drowned on Wednesday while attempting to reach the shores of the United Kingdom. The group was discovered in the English Channel, the passage between the UK and France. The International Organization for Migration (IOM)'s Missing Migrants Project tragedy...

Greece to Finally Accept Vaccination Certificates from Non-EU Countries

Individuals vaccinated against Covid-19 abroad or who have a certificate of recovery from the disease issued by a non-EU country, will be able to acquire a vaccination certificate in Greece with an electronic signature in the next few days,...

The Greeks of Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, the capital of Colombia and a sprawling mega-city of almost 10 million inhabitants, is home to a grand total of approximately 150 Greek people. However, most have become successful entrepreneurs in the food industry, adding a Greek touch to...

Dutch Journalist Causes Stir in Greece over Migrant Pushbacks

Dutch journalist Ingeborg Beugel continues to cause stir after publicly accusing Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of "lying" about migrant pushbacks. On Tuesday, during a joint press conference with visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Beugel, who lives in Greece...

Ellis Island: Thousands of Greeks’ First Sight of America

All the Greeks who arrived in the New World as of April 11, 1890 had to pass through Ellis Island, which became the designated immigration station for arrivals in New York City after that date. Almost all immigrants to the United...

Erdogan Says Greece is “Lying” on Migrants; Threatens to Open Floodgates

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of telling “lies” about migrant pushbacks and threatened to open the gates for migrants to storm into Greece. Erdogan's outburst followed Mitsotakis's statements on Tuesday when he...

Greece’s PM Snaps at Dutch Journalist Over Migrant Pushbacks

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis snapped at a Dutch journalist who openly accused him of “lying” about alleged migrant pushbacks during a press conference in Athens on Tuesday. Standing next to visiting Dutch leader Mark Rutte, Mitsotakis was visibly angered...

Turkey’s Coast Guard Attempts to Push Migrant Dinghy to Greece

Turkey's Coast Guard attempted to escort a dinghy with about 40 migrants on board to Greece's Lesvos island, Greek authorities announced on Tuesday. The incident occurred early in the morning in the sea area east of Lesvos. According to the Hellenic...

Belarus Uses Migrants Against Poland — Just as Turkey did Against Greece

Poland accused Belarus on Monday of planning a "major provocation" by encouraging a large group of migrants to cross the Polish border, in an incident reminiscent of Turkey's attempt to destabilize Greece and the EU in March 2020. "Belarus wants...

Aegean Odyssey for 400 Migrants Ends as Ship Docks at Greek Island

Nearly 400 migrants disembarked Sunday from a Turkish-flagged cargo ship that Greece allowed to dock on its territory despite charges that Turkey had violated a migrant deal. The ship had sent a distress signal on Friday after its engines failed...

Two Pakistani Immigrants Savagely Beaten in Racist Attack in Athens

Two Pakistani immigrants were savagely beaten in an apparent racist attack by a gang in Nikaia, a southern suburb of Athens, on Wednesday. The incident became publicly known on Friday when a video of the attack was shown on major...

Four Children Die After Migrant Boat Sinks Off Greece’s Chios Island

The Greek Coast Guard has recovered the bodies of four children and a woman, all migrants, after their boat sunk in the sea off Chios Island on Tuesday. The Coast Guard authorities said it had rescued 22 people from a...

Merkel Meets With Erdogan in Turkey on Farewell Visit

Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during her last official trip to Turkey on Saturday. Merkel, who has lead Germany for the past 16 years, enjoyed a friendly relationship with Turkey, despite periods of...