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EU-Turkey Deal Leaves Refugees Stranded in Greece

The deal struck Friday between the European Union and Turkey to try to end the flow of migrants to Europe, does not say what should happen to the tens of thousands of refugees stuck in Greece. It is dawn at...

400 Refugees Forced to Stay at a Gas Station, FYROM and Greece Border Closes Again

The border in the neutral zone between Greece and FYROM has shut down again since Saturday night, after FYROM allowed the passage of 300 refugees. 6,500 people are in Idomeni, over 3,150 are on the islands and about 22,000 in total in Greece. 300...

More Than 20,000 Refugees and Migrants Hemmed in Greece

According to ANA-MPA, the situation in Idomeni is still out of control as at least 5,500 refugees and migrants are trapped at the borders waiting to cross in the neutral zone of the FΥRΟΜ. In addition, 437 more refugees...

Child and Family Protection Centers Set Up Along European Migration Route

The United Nations refugee agency and U.N. children's fund are setting up 20 centers to support and protect children and families fleeing war and persecution as they move across Europe’s well-worn migration routes. The so-called Blue Dot hubs are intended...

FYROM Seals Off Its Borders to Afghan Migrants

The government of FYROM has sealed off its southern borders to Greece to Afghan migrants, allowing only Iraqis and Syrians to get through. FYROM government officials said they were forced to take this decision because of similar restrictions by their...

EU and Britain Strike Deal to Avert Brexit, Greek PM Expresses Some Dissatisfaction

The EU and Britain struck a deal yesterday at the European Council meeting in Brussels to avert a possible British exit from the European Union. Following the deal, British prime minister David Cameron announced that the EU referendum will...

UN High Commissioner Says 2016 Challenge is Common European Asylum System

"The greatest challenge for this year is to have a really common European asylum system and a just sharing of a responsibility system in the EU member-states, UN Assistant High Commissioner for Protection and Director of the Division of...

Greece and Europe are Becoming Numb to Refugee Tragedies

It was only a few months ago when the tragic death of little Aylan Kurdi became front-page news all over the world. Millions of words were written about the boy and the sad picture of him on the shore...

Refugee Crossing at Border Between Greece and FYROM Conducted Smoothly

The crossing of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria at the buffer zone between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in Idomeni was conducted smoothly today. This is a positive transition on border crossings, especially in light of...

Greek Migration Min: Refugees See Greece as a Transit Country

Deputy Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas said that refugees see Greece as a transit country and that Turkey is not doing its part in stemming the migrant inflow. Speaking to Deutsche Welle, the Greek deputy reiterated that the refugee problem is...