Somalia

Search and Rescue Underway for Migrants off the Island of Lesvos

A search and rescue attempt is currently underway off the Greek island of Lesvos after three women were reported to have fallen off a migrant boat as it neared the island early on Friday. The Greek Coast Guard launched the...

Somalis Make Up New Migrant Wave to Greece via Turkey

Greece is gravely concerned about a new illegal migrant wave of Somalis who are entering Greece by means orchestrated by Turkey, aided by a network of NGOs and migrant traffickers. Earlier this month, Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said in a...

Human Trafficking: Greece Says Turkey Provides Student Visas to Somalis

Greek officials implored Turkey to try to stop the movement of migrants and refugees from its soil, charging that the individuals who have come over from that nation recently -- particularly from Somalia -- appear to have been part...

Two Women Found Dead after Migrant Boat Capsizes Wednesday

The bodies of two women, declared missing after a boat carrying dozens of migrants and refugees capsized off the coast of the Greek island of Lesvos on Wednesday, were later recovered by the Hellenic Coast Guard. After a long search,...

500 People Feared Dead in Mediterranean

The U.N. refugee agency is confirming reports that up to 500 people may have lost their lives when an overcrowded boat capsized and sank earlier this month in the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy. The incident reportedly happened...

Greek Islands See Sixfold Increase in Refugees This Year

Over 42,000 migrants arrived by sea in Greece during the first five months of 2015, with the majority of them being refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Eritrea, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The influx of migrants on the...

Countries That Failed to Repay the IMF

What will happen if the new leftist-led Greek government of Alexis Tsipras fails to make a 300-million-euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this Friday? Without a new agreement it will not be possible for Greece to gather either the rest of...

Crisis Forces Greece to Abandon EU Anti-Piracy Fight

ATHENS  - With its economy sinking at home, Greece is bailing out of the European Union’s anti-piracy campaign off the coast of Somalia to save money. Struggling with its worst budget crisis since World War II, Greece is going...

Greek Frigate HS Hydra Joins EU NAVFOR Somalia

Following its passage south through the Red Sea, the HS HYDRA will join the multi-national EU NAVFOR off the Horn of Africa on February 4, 2012. HS HYDRA is a MEKO 200HN type multiple role frigate which has been in...

Greek Cargo Vessels to Have Armed Guards on Board

Greek-flagged cargo vessels serving international routes can be staffed with up to six private guards for defense against possible attacks by pirates, as daily Kathimerini reports citing a new piece of legislation that has been drafted by the Citizens'...