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Greece Announces Big Drop in Migrant Numbers

On Thursday, Greece announced a massive drop in the number of migrants and asylum seekers in the country, particularly on the Aegean islands. Minister of Migration and Asylum Notis Mitarakis said that the population of migrants on the North Aegean...

Greece Denies Reports of Migrants Thrown into the Sea

Greece rejected on Friday reports it had thrown migrants into the Aegean sea and instead has accused Turkey of deliberately spreading fake news. Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis responded to a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel, Dutch investigative platform...

Migrant Pushbacks: Greece Denies it Let 12 Migrants Freeze to Death

Greece rejected on Wednesday accusations of migrant pushbacks at its border leveled by Turkey which accused Athens of causing at least 12 refugees to freeze to death. Turkey's interior minister, Suleyman Solyu, said that Greek guards were responsible for pushing...

Fewer Migrants Arrived on Greek Islands in 2021

The number of migrants and refugees arriving on the Greek islands in 2021 is the lowest level since the start of the 2015 refugee crisis

Greece, Europe Brace for Afghan Refugee Influx

Greece and Europe are preparing for an influx of Afghan refugees as more are expected to flee the country following Afghanistan's takeover by the Taliban. Thousands of Afghans rushed to the capital's Hamid Karzai International Airport in hope of fleeing,...

Four Afghans Jailed for Moria Camp Blaze in Greece

A Greek court sentenced four Afghan asylum seekers to 10 years in prison for taking part in a fire that destroyed the Moria migrant camp

Second Asylum Seeker in a Week Found Dead at Greece’s Chios Camp

A 51-year-old Iraqi national was found dead at the VIAL asylum-seeker hosting facility structure on the Aegean island of Chios.

Migrant Camp at Lesvos to be Shut Down Soon, Greece Says

The migrant camp of Kara Tepe in the island of Lesvos will shut down within the next few weeks, Μigration Minister Notis Mitarakis said.

Development Ministry: Political Uncertainty Halts Investments

Investors intending to place their money in Greece are waiting for the political uncertainty to clear, said Deputy Development Minister Notis Mitarakis. However, he added, some applications for entry into the fast-track system continue to come in. "There is a...

Greek MPs Xoulidou and Melas Testify on Alleged Bribery Case

Court of Appeals Prosecutor Panagiotis Panagiotopoulos on Thursday requested the waving of telephone communication privacy and asked for the assistance of the Electronic Crime Squad in searching for evidence in social media accounts related to the reopened case of...