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EU Commission: Member States Must Fulfill Obligations for Migrant Relocation Plan

In an effort to re-establish the migrant relocation plan from Italy and Greece, to other EU countries, the European union has called out its member states to live up to their side of responsibility. At the height of the migrant...

Avramopoulos: EU Member-States Must Speed Up Pace of Relocation

Greece is fulfilling its obligations in managing migration and now it is time for EU member-states to show solidarity and accelerate the rate of relocation, EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Friday after a meeting with Greek...

UNHCR High Commissioner Lepri: Greece has Ignored Proposals for Helping Migrants at Camps

On Thursday Giovanni Lepri of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spoke to reporters claiming that the UN had given Greece's Migration Ministry three proposals on three different occasions detailing how to deal with the overcrowded migrant reception...

Avramopoulos: Alleviating the Situation on the Greek Islands a 'Humanitarian Imperative'

All Greeks and Europeans have a humanitarian imperative to alleviate the situation on the Greek islands, for the migrants as well as for the islands' inhabitants, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Wednesday...

Europe to be Sending Migrants Back to Greece Starting in March

European Union member states are to be sending migrants and refugees back to Greece beginning in mid-March, the European Commission announced on Thursday. The decision was taken so that the EU restores its migration policies which collapsed under a mass...

The Refugee Crisis Is Not Over; Relocations Must Be Accelerated, Says EU Commissioner Avramopoulos

European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos called on the EU state members to continue and accelerate the refugee relocations from Greece and Italy and to send more experts to assist in the elaboration of the asylum requests. In statements to...

Greek Gov't in Search of Plan to Transfer Migrants if EU-Turkey Deal Fails

European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos on Friday warned that EU-Turkey deal must be kept, otherwise the neighboring country would unleash waves of migrants to Greece. Avramopoulos spoke with President of the Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos stressing that the European Union-Ankara...

Commissioner Avramopoulos: 60,000 Illegal Migrants Trapped in Greece

European Commissioner for migration issues Dimitris Avramopoulos said that even though the number of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe has dropped, there are 60,000 illegal migrants trapped in Greece. The European Commission proposed that the five countries that conduct...

EU Commissioner Avramopoulos Says Migrant Crisis Is Better This Year

The migrant situation  is better than last year, EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said at a press conference of the Justice and Home Affairs Council. However, the situation is still very fragile in Italy, Greece and Bulgaria as well...

EU Migration Commissioner Says New European Border Guard Is Symbol of EU

EU Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos pointed to Thursday as a historic day for the European Union, he added that the new European Border Guard and Coast Guard is a symbol for the EU. "It is a symbol...