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Greek Gov’t Migrant Center Plan Irks Islanders, Refugee Kids to get Schooling

Despite repeated pleas by authorities from the Greek islands bearing the brunt of the ongoing migrant influx, the government is making plans to “decongest” facilities, improve existent centers or create new ones without however providing a specific time frame or locations.

SETE Says ‘No’ to Hotspots at Greece’s Tourist Destinations

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), representing over 50,000 businesses, is calling on the government to reconsider a plan to construct so-called hotspots, or refugee registration centers, at major tourist locations across the country.

EU Commission ‘Satisfied’ with Hotspot Progress on Greek Isles

The European Commission said on Wednesday, that Greece had made progress on the construction of the so-called hotspots or refugee reception centers, four of which opened this week on Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Leros.

Greece Insists Hotspots Ready on Feb. 15, Kos Mayor Calls for Vote

Five screening centers on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Kos and Leros, will be ready on February 15, to manage the registration procedure for the ever-growing number of refugees entering Europe through Greece, Defence Minister Panos Kammenos told European...

Greece Says Refugee ‘Hotspots’, Relocation Centers to be Set Up Promptly

The Greek government said on Sunday that it would move faster to complete five hotspots on the islands bearing the brunt of incoming refugees and two relocation camps on the mainland, with the defense ministry stepping in to ensure they are set up in two weeks’ time.

EU Threatens to Oust Greece from Schengen Zone

Greece may be kicked out of the Schengen zone which allows passport free travel within the EU after the Commission said on Wednesday that the country was failing to secure its borders.

Refugee Crisis Uncovers EU’s True Unity as Partners Put Pressure on Greece Alone

While thousands of refugees fleeing war continue to make their way to Greek shores in efforts to make a better home for themselves in Europe, the EU is playing hot potato.

Frontex Launches Operation ‘Poseidon Rapid Intervention’ in Greece

Frontex, the EU border agency, initiated on Monday the deployment of 293 officers and 15 vessels to the Greek islands as part of a new operation called "Poseidon Rapid Intervention" after Greece requested additional assistance at its external borders in the Aegean earlier this month.

Refugee Crisis Management to Put Greece in Eye of EU Storm

Greece is expected to come under significant pressure over its response to the refugee crisis during the upcoming EU leaders’ summit on Thursday.

EU vs Greece, Italy, Croatia over Failed Refugee Registration

The EU said it is taking legal action against three member states for failing to register the thousands of migrants entering Europe through their borders.

Greece Hotspots to Deal with Refugee Influx

Five screening centers will be set up on Greek islands in efforts to manage the registration procedure for an ever-growing number of refugees entering the country, the government announced earlier this week.

Greece Seeks EU Aid, Border Controls After Schengen Suspension Threat

Threats to drop Greece from the Schengen passport-free zone for failing to upgrade its refugee registering scheme and improve the conditions for incoming migrants seems to have shaken the Greek government, which has agreed to allow EU patrols to supervise migrant flows at its...

Greece May Face Schengen Suspension Due to Migrant Crisis

Greece has by mid-December to upgrade its refugee registering system and improve the conditions for migrants entering the country or it may have to face suspension from the Schengen passport-free zone for foot-dragging.

“Athens Declaration” Sets Future Priorities For EU Maritime Transport Policy

The Greek Presidency has reaffirmed the importance of the maritime transport sector for Europe's prosperity with the adoption of the "Athens Declaration," which sets the policy priorities for European shipping.