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Greek Police Rescue 54 Migrants Squashed into Unventilated Van

Police in northern Greece have rescued 54 migrants found squashed into a van, and arrested two Bulgarian alleged members of a smuggling ring, that were paid to carry them through the country. A police statement says the van was stopped...

Greek Police Arrest 8 Migrant Smugglers at Turkish Border

Greek police say they have arrested eight migrant traffickers who smuggled 49 migrants through Greece's land border with Turkey. The arrests of the traffickers, six Bulgarians, a Syrian and a Pakistani, were made Saturday in northeastern Greece, most close to...

Escaped Turkish Convicts Arrested Near Border

Two Turkish nationals serving life sentences who escaped from prison on Thursday, were arrested on Monday near the Turkish border. The two men aged 24 and 33; who were incarcerated in Cassandra prison, in Chalkidiki, northern Greece, had been sentenced...

Frontex Chief Meets With Top Greek Officials on Migrant Smuggling

Frontex chief Fabrice Leggeri is meeting today (Thursday) with top Greek officials to discuss the issue of migrant smuggling in the Aegean. Leggeri is meeting with Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas, Shipping Minister Panayiotis Kouroublis, Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas and...

Turkish Coast Guard Intercepts Migrant Vessels On Route to Greece, Arrests Smugglers

On Monday the online Turkish news source trt.net.tr reported that the Turkish coast guard had intercepted two vessels that were carrying some 260 migrants headed for Greece. There were 112 refugees, including 57 children onboard a vessel disembarking from the...

Migrant Flows from Turkey to Greece Pick Up Again

The migrant flows from Turkey to Greece have picked up, after a hiatus due to the implementation of the European-Ankara agreement. "The arrivals in Greece which were down to literally zero this month are beginning to creep back up. In...

Migrants Pay €3,000 Euros to be Smuggled from Greece Through Albania

People smugglers offer stranded Afghan migrants to help them cross to Europe through Albania, asking for 3,000-4,000 euros. In the past two days, about 250 Afghan migrants have camped out at Victoria Square in central Athens, after they returned from...

Turkey’s Claims Over Aegean Could Blow Up NATO’s Mission to Combat Migrant-Smuggling Networks

NATO’s mission to combat migrant-smuggling networks in the Aegean, which are responsible for the hundreds of thousands of migrants crossing from Turkey into Greece, is up in the air as Turkey’s government has made a series of outrageous demands...