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Greece Accused of Imposing News Blackout from Migrant Camps

Human rights groups say that a new law approved recently by the Greek Parliament imposes a general news blackout on the dozens of migrant and refugee facilities dotted around the country. Under the new law, workers operating within a refugee...

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...

Three New Cases of Coronavirus Detected at Greece's Vial Migrant Camp

  Greek health authorities are increasing the number of coronavirus tests they perform at the migrant camp Vial on the island of Chios after another three individuals there received positive diagnoses on Wednesday. These three migrants are in addition to the...

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...

Greece Takes Over Management of Asylum Facilities from NGOs

The Greek government announced on Wednesday it is taking over twenty-eight facilities hosting asylum applicants on the Greek mainland from non-governmental organizations. Minister of Migration Notis Mitarakis said that the facilities will now become legal entities of their own and...

Greek Migrant Camps Could Become Hotspots of Coronavirus Outbreak, MSF Warns

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called for the immediate evacuation of migrant camps on Greece's islands, arguing that the conditions there provide “the perfect storm” for a COVID-19 outbreak. “The evacuation of the camps on the Greek islands is now...

Greek Government Makes Desperate Attempt to Ease Tension on Aegean Islands

Greece's PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis has summoned the mayors of Lesvos and Chios to an emergency meeting on Thursday in Athens, aimed at easing tensions on the islands over the construction of new migrant centers. The government has clearly been rocked...

Residents on Lesvos, Chios Clash With Police Over New Migrant Camps

Hundreds of residents on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios clashed with police in the early hours of Tuesday as they attempted to prevent the arrival of riot police and excavating machines to be used to build new...

UNCHR Calls for Relief of Greek Migrant Camps

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNCHR) has asked the Greek government on Friday to accelerate plans for decongesting overcrowded reception and identification centers for migrants and refugees on the Greek islands. UNCHR has called on the authorities to transfer larger...