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10,956 Refugees Have Submitted Asylum Requests From Camps on Northern Aegean Islands

Police said that as of Thursday 10,956 people that have applied for asylum remain stranded on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos as their requests have been not examined yet. A total of 20 migrants and refugees arrived on Wednesday on...

ND Officials Criticize Government for Missing Civil Servants Hired to Work in Hot-Spots

Two New Democracy (ND) officials accused the government on Monday of hiring thousands of civil servants to work in island hotspots, many of which appear to have never showed up, as it was revealed by a minister on Monday. Deputy...

Winter Weather Conditions Curb Refugees From Crossing the Aegean

The extremely bad weather conditions prevailing in Greece in the last days prevented refugees from attempting to cross the Aegean. No arrivals were recorded on the northern Aegean islands in the last 48 hours. Police said that the number of refugees...

Parliament to Vote on Extending VAT Discount for Aegean Islands

Greek Parliament tabled an amendment to scrap a new tax hike and instead extend the bill that gives a VAT discount for several of the country's islands on Monday. The vote on the matter is to be held later in the...

Greek Migration Min Mouzalas: Government Aiming to Construct Indoor Migrant Centers at Hotspots

Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas made a plea to the residents of the northern Aegean islands to contribute to the construction of reception centers for the migrants and refugees otherwise the agreement between EU and Turkey will be at stake. "We will not...

Police Report Growing Concern as Far-Right Groups Attack Migrant Centers in Hotspots

Officials have announced their growing concern regarding violent attacks on migrants centers throughout the Aegean islands by far-right groups. According to the latest reports from Greek police force (ELAS), there have been at least two assaults against migrant facilities on the...

Aegean 'Hotspots' Hosting Over 15,000 Migrants, Latest Data Reveals

Over this past weekend the numbers of refugees being hosted on the five Greek islands in the Aegean known as "hotspots" rose above 15,000, according to the latest government data. The data shows that the island of Lesvos is currently...

Bild: EU Official Points to Plan B Should EU-Turkey Refugee Deal Fall Through

German tabloid Bild reports on the existence of Plan B to deal with the refugee crisis should the deal between Turkey and the European Union fall through. The alternative plan examines the restriction of migrant flows without the participation...

Asylum Applicants No Longer Detained in Registration Centers on Greek Islands

As of Monday, the "administrative restriction" process for asylum applicants on Lesvos and Chios is in effect, meaning that they cannot be detained in registration centers after 25 days. The migrants are gradually free to leave the hotspots since their...

Minister: Greece Will Speed Up Asylum Applications to 2 Weeks

Greece will be able to process asylum claims within two weeks, including appeals, once a migration deal between the European Union and Turkey is implemented said Alternate Minister of National Defense Dimitris Vitsas on Tuesday. The Greek official is coordinator of...