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UNHCR Praises Greek Refugee Efforts

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For once, Greece has been praised for its humanitarian response to the refugee crisis.

Frustration Over Refugee Crisis


Veteran aid worker Stathis Kyrousis is appalled by Greece’s handling of the refugee crisis engulfing its holiday islands, decrying worsening conditions as the world reeled from images of a 3-year-old boy who drowned trying to reach its shores.

New Migration Service

Disgusting Detention of Children

A new migration service is to be set up (finally) which will mean that Greece will be able to receive the almost 500 million euros already designated from European funds to deal with immigration.

Tragic Chaos on Greek Islands

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The tragic scenes played out everyday on Kos and other Aegean islands, with the wave of migration growing each day, is a shame not just for our country, but Europe as a whole.

Refugees Imprisoned Without Facilities

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To assist refugees? Riot police? No, they are being sent to assist the police on the island to control the desperate people who are trapped in a country that has NO organised refugee/asylum system.

Greece: Migrants Helping Migrants

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People who have come here from other places understand better than most what it is like and are offering a helping hand to other more recent arrivals. This is a story you don’t read every day

Refugees Marked With Numbers

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This may be common practice but it must stop! It’s degrading and dehumanising. Refugees are people. Always. No matter what the circumstances are or how they arrived. Human beings have names. Use them.   “Why did they put a number on me? Why did they call me by a number? We are humans. We have […]

New Draft Bill on Citizenship

New Citizenship Bill

[The caption on the balloon reads “Citizenship for all children”] A new draft bill prepared by the Interior Ministry gives all second-generation immigrants living legally in Greece the right to apply for citizenship, whether they were born in the country or have completed certain levels within the Greek education system, Kathimerini has learned. Once approved, […]

Hunger Strike at Amygdaleza


On November 6th, Mohamed Asfak died after suffering from serious respiratory problems for months. He was being held at the Immigration detention centre in Amygdaleza and, despite repeatedly asking for medical help, he was only hospitalised once his condition became life-threatening. Hundreds of detainees are now on hunger strike; protesting the death of Mr Asfak and […]

Provocative Indifference Update


Yesterday, I wrote about the appalling plight of refugees in Lesvos (Mytilene). They have been forced to camp in the port because the “modern” reception centre still has no electricity or beds. The mayor of the island accused the authorities of Provocative indifference   It has taken the captain of a cruise ship from another country to […]

Provocative Indifference to Refugees

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The mayor of Lesvos, Spyridon Galinos, has written an open letter to ministers about the appalling treatment of migrants and refugees on the island. He has asked that basic amenities like electricity and beds actually be supplied to the “modern” reception centre! He called the failure to do this is provocative indifference In the meantime, people are […]

Greece’s Migrant Fruit Pickers

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Greece’s migrant fruit pickers: ‘They kept firing. There was blood everywhere’ Last year, Greek farm guards shot at illegal migrant strawberry pickers, wounding 35. When a court acquitted them this summer, there was outrage. At the camp, where they continue to live like slaves, the workers share their stories.   Is a man worth nothing […]