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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 Ministry Seeks Hotels, Apartments to Host Refugees

The Greek Citizen Protection Ministry has announced a tender for a housing program for refugees that involves renting out hotels or apartment complexes.

Greek Yacht Owners Honor Hellenic Coast Guard for Humanitarian Efforts

The Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association (EPEST) has honored the Hellenic Coast Guard for its humanitarian efforts.

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.

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.

New Year Brings New Taxes to Greek Isles

If you're traveling to the Greek islands of Ios, Amorgos, Skopelos, Folegandros, Kythnos, Serifos, Sikinos, Anafi, Kimolos, Iraklia Donoussa Thirasia, Schinoussa, Koufonissia, then be ready to pay more for accommodation, fuel as well as basic food staples.

Erdogan’s Tactics Throw Off EU Visa Waiver Talks

Turkey’s negotiating card - stemming the growing refugee influx from its shores into Greece and the EU in return for visa-free travel within the Schengen Area - seems to be losing ground as EU officials appeared divided on Tuesday, saying Turkey still had a long way to go.

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.

Turkey: No Visa Waiver, No Refugee Deal, Greece Suffers as EU Looks On

Visa-free travel within the Schengen Area - a dream-come-true for most Turks - is now being used by Turkey as a negotiating card with the European Union, saying it will not contribute to solving the refugee problem currently plaguing the Mediterranean if the demand is not met.

Commission Supports Visa-free Travel for Turkey by June

Turkish nationals may finally see their dream come true and be able to travel throughout Europe visa-free by June this year after the European Commission proposed lifting the visa requirements for Turkey's citizens.

Visa-Free Travel for Turkey Still Depends on Met Criteria

Despite putting forth a demand in March that its nationals be allowed Schengen zone visa-free travel by June if it agreed to take back refugees from Greece, Turkey must still meet all 72 criteria for EU accession, the deputy head of the European Commission said in Brussels recently.

Athens Event Explores Refugee Crisis, Stresses Need for Solidarity

Only through cooperation and with solidarity can Europe effectively deal with the emerging refugee issue which is changing the current status quo in all its member states and demanding well-researched measures, an Athens conference on the refugee crisis found on Wednesday.

Visa-Free Travel: Turkey’s Negotiating Card

Visa-free travel within the Schengen Area - a dream-come-true for most Turks - is the latest ace up Turkey’s sleeve as its government has said it will in return contribute to solving the refugee problem currently plaguing the Mediterranean.
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