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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...

Greek PM Addressing the UN: 'Lets' Give Diplomacy a Chance'

"Let's give diplomacy a chance," said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday, in his address to the 75th United Nations General Assembly, referring to the upcoming exploratory talks with Turkey. In his speech to the UN General Assembly held...

Afghan Migrant Kills Teenager in Moria Camp on Lesvos Island

A 16-year-old Afghan teenager was stabbed and killed early Wednesday morning by a 20-year-old Afghan man a short distance from the north gate of the Moria Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) on the Greek island of Lesvos. The 16-year-old was...

EU to Offer €2000 to Migrants on Greek Islands to Return to Their Countries

The European Union's Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson announced from Athens on Thursday that Brussels will offer €2,000 ($2,250) to every migrant currently living on the Eastern Aegean Greek islands to return to his or her country of origin. Those...

Tear Gas From Turkey Thrown to Greece; Greek Police Officer Injured

Tensions on Greece's border with Turkey in Evros continued on Sunday, with tear gas canisters lobbed over the fence from the Turkish side leaving a Greek police officer injured. The police officer was injured during a new round of clashes between...

Greece Announces Strictest-Possible Border Controls To Prevent Coronavirus Spread 

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Thursday that Greece will use the European Union's Regulation 2016/399 and tighten up border controls in order to curb the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. "From today, therefore, our country cites Regulation 2016/399 of...

Greece Now Issues Asylum Decisions in Twenty-Four Days

Greece's Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Friday that the country can now issue a decision on asylum applications in 24 days, a period considerably faster than what was the case in the past. Speaking with SKAI television, Mitarakis noted...

Greece Re-creates Ministry of Migration in Apparent Policy U-Turn

The Greek government on Wednesday announced the creation of a new Ministry of Migration and Asylum as part of efforts to accelerate its policy implementation in that area. The new ministry will be led by Notis Mitarakis, who had until...

Greece and Italy Make Joint Demand for EU-Wide Solution of Migration Issue

The nations of Greece and Italy made a joint request on Wednesday for a European-Union-wide solution to the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis which the two nations have faced for some time. Following a meeting held between Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe...

PM Mitsotakis Declares "Greece is Not an Unfenced Vineyard" for Migrants

Using a folksy Greek phrase, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated on Friday that Greece is reaching its limits regarding the refugee and migrant crisis. ''Greece has its strengths, but it is not an unfenced vineyard,'' was the exact phrase...