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Parliament approves €4.5 million in EU aid to Greece after cyclone damage

On Wednesday, MEPs said yes to EU Solidarity Fund aid worth €4.5 million to help reconstruction in western Crete, severely hit by exceptional weather in February. Between 23 and 26 February 2019, exceptionally heavy rain and storms hit Crete, in particular the western part of the island. The resulting floods and landslides caused the loss […]

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MIGRANT SMUGGLING ORGANISED CRIME GROUP DISMANTLED IN GREECE

An organised crime group involved in smuggling migrants from Greece to other European Union countries has been dismantled in Athens, Greece. The operation was jointly carried out by Attika Aliens Division, Europol and the UK’s National Crime Agency, following several months of investigations. In this large operation in Athens at the end of May, a […]

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IMF Internal Meeting Predicts Greek ‘Disaster’, Threatens to Leave Troika – Wikileaks

Today, 2nd April 2016, WikiLeaks publishes the records of a 19 March 2016 teleconference between the top two IMF officials in charge of managing the Greek debt crisis – Poul Thomsen, the head of the IMF’s European Department, and Delia Velkouleskou, the IMF Mission Chief for Greece.  The IMF anticipates a possible Greek default co-inciding with […]

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Norway steps up efforts to help refugees in Greece

The authorities in Greece and Norway have agreed that an additional NOK 31 million of the funds provided to Greece under the EEA and Norway Grants should be used to deal with the flow of refugees into Greece. This means that a total of NOK 231 million will be used for this purpose in the […]

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Mediterranean Migrant, Refugee Arrivals Top 100,000

Greece – Migrant and refugee arrivals in Greece and Italy in 2016 this week exceeded 100,000. As of 22/2, Greece alone had received some 102,547 arrivals since the beginning of the year. In 2015, migrant arrivals topped 100,000 in July. Over 413 migrants and refugees have also lost their lives during the same period, with […]

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Mediterranean Migrant and Refugee Arrivals Top 83,000 in 2016

Greece –  Migrant and refugee arrivals in Europe in 2016 yesterday reached an estimated 83,201, with some 77,303 of those arriving in the Greek islands from Turkey, according to International Organization for Migration. The number of arrivals in Greece by sea has fallen in February due to bad weather. An estimated 5,110 migrants arrived in […]

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IOM Counts Latest Mediterranean Arrivals in 2016, German 2015 Asylum Statistics

Greece – One week into the New Year, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reports 46 migrants or refugees have been reported dead or missing in the Mediterranean, the majority dying in a pair of shipwrecks off the Turkish coast last Tuesday. That’s already more than half the fatalities reported in all of January last year, and […]

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