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Refugee Food Festival Coming to Athens from June 18-22   

The Refugee Food Festival, a partnership between the NGO Food Sweet Food and UNHCR, is coming to Athens from June 18 till June 22 to coincide with the World Refugee Day (June 20). The event, a civil society led initiative...

Mouzalas Signs Agreement With UNHCR for Refugees to Live in Homes on Crete

An agreement to house and host refugees on Crete in the coming days was signed by Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas, the UNHCR and local authorities in Heraklion on Tuesday. The program to house asylum seekers in 125 apartments in Crete...

Greece's Migration Policy Ministry to Spread Migrants in Small Towns

The Migration Policy Ministry is developing a plan to spread about 20,000 migrants in small towns and rural communities across Greece, offering economic incentives to locals. According to a Proto Thema report, the project has been implemented in the town...

Migration Dep Min: Cash and Apartments for Refugees with UNHCR Aid

Migration Deputy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas announced on Monday that refugees will be getting cash instead of free meals and will be staying in rented apartments in order to decongest migrant camps. In a joint press conference with the participation of...

UNHCR Calls on Greece to Adopt Eight Measures for Sustainable Refugee Response

Although progress has been made in the management of the refugee crisis in Greece, significant challenges related to reception, registration and asylum processing remain, the UN Refugee Agency said on Monday and proposed eight steps to address the “serious...

Migration Min: EU Funds for Migration Granted in a Transparent Way

The EU funds granted to Greece in order to deal with the refugee issue were granted in a transparent manner, Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas on Friday said speaking to Parliament. The minister explained that the government has no...

UNHCR High Commissioner Lepri: Greece has Ignored Proposals for Helping Migrants at Camps

On Thursday Giovanni Lepri of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spoke to reporters claiming that the UN had given Greece's Migration Ministry three proposals on three different occasions detailing how to deal with the overcrowded migrant reception...

Human Rights Watch Reports: Dire Conditions on Aegean Islands for Refugees

Greek authorities, with the support of the European Union, should immediately transfer thousands of asylum seekers confined to appalling conditions on the Aegean islands to appropriate mainland accommodations, Human Rights Watch said today. Heavy snow, rain, and strong winds in...

Human Rights Watch: Disabled Refugees Living in Greek Camps Are 'An Afterthought' (Video)

Shantha Rau Barriga, the disability rights director at Human Rights Watch has called out Greek authorities and NPOs alike in the mishandling of refugees with disabilities who are living at various camps throughout Greece. “People with disabilities are being overlooked...

Refugees, Migrants Risk Death as Bitter Cold Grips Europe

U.N. aid agencies are appealing to authorities in Europe to assist and protect thousands of refugees and migrants trying to survive the harsh winter weather that is gripping the continent. They say people in Greece and the Balkan states...