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European Court Gives Greece Go-Ahead for Migrant Detention Centers

Enclosed detention facilities for migrants and asylum seekers are not prohibited by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), its President said on Tuesday at a briefing in the Greek Parliament. Court President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos said that as long as...

Greece Freezes Land Expropriations for Migrant Camps

The Greek government decided on Monday to halt its previously-announced expropriations of land for the creation of new detention camps on five Aegean islands until Friday. After facing strong opposition on the part of local communities, Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis...

Eastern Aegean Islands Oppose New Migrant Detention Centers

Plans by Greece's conservative government to construct enclosed migrant detention centers on five eastern Aegean islands came under fire from local authorities on Thursday. The mayors of the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Kos and Leros issued a joint statement...

Athens Mayor Requests Aid in Dealing With Migrant Influx

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis asked the Greek government and the country’s European partners for help in the significant issue regarding the management of migrant arrivals. Thousands of illegal migrants and refugees arrive in Greece each year and according to...

Greek Migration Minister: Citizenship to All Children Born in Greece

Greece's newly appointed Alternate Minister of Migration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou introduced the Ministry's initiative policies regarding migration. Among others, the program includes granting Greek citizenship to second generation migrants who were born and raised in Greece, as well as...

Prisoners and Police Officers in Greek Detention Centers Suffer from Tuberculosis

Several prisoners and police officers in Greece have been found infected with tuberculosis. The Greek Center of Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) has stated that it is launching a program to vaccinate convicted prisoners, immigrants held in detention and police...

Greece's Prisons and Detention Centers In Dire Condition

A new report examining the conditions of Greece's prisons and migrant detention centers has been released today. In it, officials describe the utter lack of improvement of Greece's detention facilities, despite the demands of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of...

Oresteiada: 400 Illegal Immigrants on Hunger Strike

Four hundred illegal immigrants living in detention centers of Oresteiada, Greece, have gone on a hunger strike since the morning of August 29. According to the movement United against Racism and Fascist Threat, the detainees rose up after an announcement...