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DiaNEOsis Study Reveals Refugees’ Experience of Greece

A new study carried out by research institute diaNEOsis looks into how immigrants and refugees see Greece.

North Aegean Islands to Hold General Strike Over Refugee Crisis

North Aegean island authorities announced a general strike for 22 January, in protest to the refugee crisis which has impacted local communities and strained resources.

Greek Authorities at a Loss Over Refugee Crisis

Municipal authorities on the Aegean islands impacted by the increasing influx of refugees are calling on the government to take immediate action.

Greek Islands Bearing Refugee Influx Seeking Support

More than 7,000 refugees and migrants made their way into Greece in November, with the North Aegean islands shouldering the weight.

Minister Lays Out Plan to Restore Tourism to Refugee-hit Leros

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis is looking to restore tourism on the island of Leros, following negative publicity due to the refugee crisis.

European Court of Auditors Looks into EU Migration Management

The European Court of Auditors plans to examine whether EU-designed asylum and return procedures in Greece and Italy are effective and swift.

EU Extends Extra Emergency Aid to Greece, Spain for Refugees

The European Commission has announced that Greece and Spain will get an additional 45.6 million euros in emergency aid in order to address refugee flows.

Tusk’s Migrant Quota Action Causes EU Rift, Reactions

A move by European Council President Donald Tusk to review the mechanism of mandatory quotas for the redistribution of asylum seekers has created a stir in the EU.

Greek Island Mayors Facing Refugee Inflows Call on PM to Take Action

The mayors of five Greek islands subjected to massive inflows of refugees urged Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to take immediate action.

S. Aegean Governor Calls for Pilot Visa Plan to ‘Save’ Refugee-hit Isles

South Aegean Region Governor George Hadjimarkos has called for a pilot visa scheme that will allow residents from Iran, Russia and Turkey to travel to the Eastern Aegean islands.

Greece’s Refugee-flooded Island Mayors Call for Help

Mayors of Greek islands bearing the brunt of the ongoing refugee crisis, accompanied the EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, on his recent visit to Lesvos.

Migrant Influx Crushes Greek Island Tourism Hopes

The North Aegean islands bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis for over a year now are seeing their tourism industry crumble as hopes of any improvement are gradually dying out.

E. Aegean Islanders Ringing Alarm Bells Ahead of 2017 Tax Hikes

Eastern Aegean island professionals are ringing alarm bells in view of VAT tax hikes to take effect January 1 and are calling on the government to apply taxation rates that were applicable in 2015.

Athens Mayor Presents ‘Solidarity Cities’ in Response to Refugee Crisis

Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis presented the municipality’s “Solidarity Cities” initiative during the Eurocities Social Affairs Forum held in Athens this week.

United Front Against Migrant Crisis or Face Consequences, Greek PM Warns UNGA

The refugee crisis is a problem that affects every nation and as such should be dealt with in a coordinated and united matter, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told the 71st United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

Refugee Arrivals to Greek Islands Increase, Hoteliers Request Debt Freeze

Hoteliers across the Eastern Aegean islands, bearing the brunt of the ongoing refugee influx for over a year, are calling on the Greek government to suspend all of their debts due to a sharp decline in tourism.

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.

NATO Steps In, Sends Ships to Aegean to Stem Refugee Flow

In efforts to curb the number of incoming refugees via illegal means, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has ordered the immediate deployment of Alliance ships to the Aegean.

Kos Hoteliers Call for Help as Revenue Slumps Due to Refugee Crisis

The revenue of hotels on Kos has dropped by seven million euros this year due to the massive influx of refugees and migrants to the island, according to the island's hoteliers association