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Over 2,000 Migrants Demand to Leave Lesvos as New Tents Arrive; US Pledges Support

According to reports in Greek media, over 2,000 migrants are gathering along the main road leading toward the now burned migrant camp of Moria on Friday. They are demanding to leave the island of Lesvos, chanting "Freedom, Freedom" to police...

Groups Call on Greece to Ensure Safety of Refugees After Devastating Fire

Moria, once home to over 12,000 refugees, was completely destroyed by fires  early Wednesday morning. Only meant to house around 2,800 migrants, Moria is notorious for its overcrowded, and some argue unsafe, conditions. Shocking scenes of migrants, including unaccompanied minors,...

Greece: 156 New Covid Cases, Nine in Moria Migrant Camp

Greek health officials announced 156 new Covid cases in the country on Monday. This includes nine cases diagnosed in the overcrowded migrant camp Moria on the island of Lesvos. The country recorded five new deaths with the virus in the...

EU Asylum Office Doubles Staff and Increases Funding for Greece

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) recently decided to double the number of its personnel in Greece and significantly increase its funding to assist the country in its efforts to speed up procedures for granting or rejecting political asylum. Currently...

Harvard University Considers Creating Courses on Refugee Crisis in Greece

Harvard University, one of the world's most prestigious academic institutions, has reportedly been mulling how to create a course devoted to the refugee crisis which has hit Europe in the last decade. The proposed course would be offered in close partnership...

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...

Hundreds of Illegal Immigrants Transported off Greek Island of Symi

The transportation of more than 300 refugees and illegal immigrants who arrived from Turkey to the small island of Symi began this week. All the individuals will be moved to already-established migrant camps across Greece. Following repeated complaints from Symi mayor Eleftherios...

Germany Expresses ''Complete Confidence'' in Greece's Handling of Migration

German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert confirmed on Wednesday the German government's "complete confidence" in the actions taken by the Greek government on the issue of migration. "We have complete confidence that Greece will take the right steps," Seibert said, noting...

Turkey Stops 330 Migrants Attempting Enter Greece via Lesvos

Turkish authorities seized a total of 330 migrants who were attempting to cross the Aegean Sea and reach European shores on Greece's island of Lesvos, it was made public on Sunday. As Reuters reports, Turkish authorities in the area of...

Huge Spike in Migrant Arrivals to Greece During Month of July

A sharp increase in the number of immigrants arriving on the Greek islands was recorded last week. A total of 1,365 immigrants arrived on the shores of the eastern Aegean islands during the week of July 8-14, when their number...