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Greece Criticized on Migrant Policy in US State Department Report

The US State Department’s annual report on human rights has criticized Greece over its treatment of migrants and asylum seekers.

Greece, EU Call on Turkey to Take Back Migrants

Greece and the EU called on Turkey to take back migrants from the Aegean islands during a meeting on Tuesday.

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.

Greece Takes Measures as Doctors Warn of Coronavirus Pandemic in Refugee Camps

A special out-patient infirmary aimed at the early detection of possible coronavirus cases among asylum seekers at the VIAL reception and identification centre (RIC) on Chios has started operations just outside the camp, it was announced on Wednesday. The VIAL...

Greece Takes Over Management of Asylum Facilities from NGOs

The Greek government announced on Wednesday it is taking over twenty-eight facilities hosting asylum applicants on the Greek mainland from non-governmental organizations. Minister of Migration Notis Mitarakis said that the facilities will now become legal entities of their own and...

Asylum Seekers to Get Social Security Number in Greece in Apparent Policy U-Turn

Five key Greek ministries on Monday decided that the country will re-introduce the practice of granting a social security number to all migrants who have applied for asylum in Greece, something that the current conservative government had stopped doing...

Two Asylum Seekers Commit Suicide in Northern Greece

Two asylum seekers in their 30s who were living in a hotel packed with refugees in northern Greece hanged themselves over Christmas, a charity said on Thursday. The bodies of the two men, an Afghan father of two aged 32...

New Asylum Bill Reaches Greek Parliament Amid Heavy Criticism

The new bill laying out the procedures by which refugees and migrants are either granted asylum status or are deported came before the Greek Parliament late Monday night. The aim of the new bill is to significantly reduce the time...

Situation on Samos Deteriorates as Migrant Flows Continue to Arrive

The situation on the Greek island of Samos is deteriorating as days go by, due to the huge number of refugees and migrants that have reached the island's shores over the last few months. Following the serious clashes that erupted...

Greece Receives the Most Child Asylum Requests in the EU in Relation to Population

According to the findings of a recent study titled ''Data on Children in Migration'' conducted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, Greece is the EU member state with the highest number of child asylum requests...