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Doctors of the World: Recalling Belgian Asylum Experts From Greece Makes the Situation 'Worse for Everyone'

Doctors of the World (Medecins du Monde) on Thursday strongly criticized the Belgian government for recalling its asylum experts from Greek islands, saying that Belgian State Secretary for Migration Theo Francken had made a "totally paradoxical" decision. "If there are...

Golden Dawn Holds Rallies Near Refugee Hotspots on Aegean Islands

On Tuesday Ilias Kasidiaris, a senior member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party conveyed the party's xenophobic rhetoric regarding refugees. The speech took place at a rally on the Greek Aegean island of Chios, where there are currently 2,686...

Young Migrants at Chios Camp Set Fire to Mattresses in Protest

As migrant camps grow more overcrowded on the Greek island of Chios, early Monday morning some young migrants set their mattresses and other bedding on fire in a protest of the living conditions and delays in the asylum seeking...

Tsipras and Merkel Discuss Refugee Hotspots and Frontex

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, on the sidelines of the European Summit held in Brussels. The meeting focused on Frontex and migrant hotspot issues and Tsipras briefed Merkel on the progress of the works at...

German and Austrian Chancellors Call for Acceleration of Hotspots in Greece

Amid instability and high security alerts throughout the European continent, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann called for the European Union to buttress the protection of its own borders, during a joint press conference on Thursday in Berlin. Since...

Greek Prime Minister Calls for Collective Solution of Refugee Crisis

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras underlined the need for a European solution to the refugee crisis, upon his arrival at the leaders EU Summit in Brussels on Sunday. "I hope common ground can be found for this difficult problem. I believe we are before a...

First Migrant Hotspot Opens in Lesvos

The first migrant and refugee registration centre opened in the East Aegean Greek island of Lesvos on Friday at a former military base in the area of Moria. The hotspot will be operated by Greek authorities as well as Frontex and Europol...

First Migrant Hotspots to Start Operating in Greece

What exactly is a hotspot or what qualifies a hotspot? In relation to the intense and at times overwhelming migrant influx that has hit Greece, hot spots are being created to help migrants and refugees. In 2015, significant and disproportionate...