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EU Commission To Establish New Taskforce to Address Lesvos Migrant Issues

Following the fire that devastated the Moria migrant facility on the Greek island of Lesvos, the EU Commission announced on Wednesday that it will establish a dedicated task force to improve the situation on the island in a meaningful...

UNHCR Calls on Greece to Investigate Alleged Migrant Pushbacks

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, urged Greece on Friday to investigate multiple reports of pushbacks by Greek authorities at the country’s sea and land borders. UNHCR Spokesperson Babar Baloch said in Geneva that there are credible allegations that Greece may...

UNHCR Looking for Hotels, Ships to House Vulnerable Refugees on Greek Islands

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has issued a call for hotels and ships on Greek islands that can be leased to house vulnerable groups of asylum-seekers who might be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The move was approved...

Greece Defends Temporary Halt of Asylum Requests

The Greek government late on Monday defended its decision to stop processing asylum requests for one month after thousands of migrants converged at the border seeking to enter the EU from Turkey, saying it was in response to “emergency...

UN Reveals Extent of Increase in Migrant Arrivals in Greece in 2019

A UNHCR report released on Monday, entitled "Desperate Journeys," revealed the extent of the increase in refugee and migrant arrivals to Greece since the beginning of 2019. The largest number of refugees and migrants reaching Europe this year came by...

UN Refugee Agency Calls on Greece to Move Thousands of Migrants to the Mainland

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called on Greece on Tuesday to urgently move thousands of refugees and asylum seekers out of dangerously overcrowded reception centers on the Greek Aegean islands. Arrivals of migrants and refugees in September, comprising Afghan and...

Thousands of Refugees Likely to be Evicted from their Homes in Greece

Hundreds of refugees in Greece will be removed from their homes by the end of March, with thousands to follow later in the year, according to a report by Rory O'Keeffe, founder and manager of Koraki NGO. The report says...

From Syria to Greece, from Refugee to Lifeguard

It was just over a year ago when Obada “Ibo” Al-Nassar made the perilous venture across the Aegean to reach Lesvos. The friendship that this Syrian refugee developed with some foreign lifeguards located outside of the camp where he was...

Greece's Evros Facing 'Untenable' Migrant Situation, Says UN

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is calling on the Greek government to urgently improve conditions and expand reception capacity in the north east, following a recent rise in arrivals in the Evros area across the land border with Turkey. Some 2,900 people...

Refugee Girls Use Cyprus Music Program to Free Their Creativity (video)

Music is being used on Cyprus to help, heal and empower young women separated and alone having fled war in their home countries. Twenty-five girls from Somalia and Cameroon who fled to Cyprus to get away from conflict and persecution...