illegal immigration

Search and Rescue Underway for Migrants off the Island of Lesvos

A search and rescue attempt is currently underway off the Greek island of Lesvos after three women were reported to have fallen off a migrant boat as it neared the island early on Friday. The Greek Coast Guard launched the...

Human Trafficking: Greece Says Turkey Provides Student Visas to Somalis

Greek officials implored Turkey to try to stop the movement of migrants and refugees from its soil, charging that the individuals who have come over from that nation recently -- particularly from Somalia -- appear to have been part...

European Commission OK's Plan for New Migrant and Refugee Center on Lesvos

Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi and European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation for the construction of a new reception center for migrants and refugees on the Greek island of...

Greece, Fellow Mediterranean Nations Sign New Migration Memorandum

The leaders of four Mediterranean nations who are the most affected by illegal immigration  sent a joint memorandum regarding the European Union's new migration rulebook to the EU on Wednesday. The nations of Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta together signed...

Greece Busts Migrant Trafficking Ring; Dozens of Humanitarian Workers Accused

The Greek police announced on Monday that they had busted a huge trafficking ring which was assisting migrants and asylum seekers to cross illegally into the country from the Turkish coast. Police say that they identified 35 suspects -- among...

Greek Migration Minister Stopped from Entering Moria Camp on Lesvos Due to Unrest

  According to local Greek media reports, Greece's Alternate Migration Minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos, accompanied by Armin Laschet, the state premier of Germany's West Rhine-Westphalia region, was stopped from entering the Moria refugee camp on Tuesday due to unrest at the facility. The German...

Immigration Minister Calls Migrants in the Streets 'Tourist Attraction'

Greece’s Deputy Immigration Minister Tasia Christodoulopoulou called the thousands of migrants sleeping in the streets of Athens and Aegean Sea islands a "tourist attraction." Speaking to Proto Thema newspaper, Christodoulopoulou said that the thousands of homeless migrants are not a...

Greek Islands Can't Handle Mass Migrant Influx

The situation in several islands of the Aegean Sea is out of control as hundreds of refugees and irregular migrants arrive daily from the coasts of Turkey, creating grave problems to local communities. Refugees from war-torn Syria and irregular migrants...

European Commission Takes Measures to Tackle Migration, Actions Against Human Smugglers

The European Commission is planning to take a series of measures in order to deal with illegal migration and take strong actions against human smugglers. Ii is estimated that in the first four months of 2015, almost 2,000 people lost their...

Greece Takes Emergency Measures for Flood of Refugees and Migrants

The Greek government has announced a series of emergency measures to deal with the flood of refugees and illegal migrants who land in Greek shores. In the last 48 hours alone, 838 people tried to enter Greece coming from the...