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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.

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.

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.

Sting Thanks Greece for Aiding Refugees while Others ‘Build Walls’

British singer-songwriter Sting praised Greece for setting the bright example and stepping up to support the thousands of migrants arriving in the country.

Lesvos in Drive to Restore Reputation Ahead of Summer 2018

The Molyvos Tourism Association recently launched its campaign "Lesvos: After All, It's Still the Aegean!”, which aims to promote the island's tourism offerings.

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.

Lesvos Island Still Struggling to Keep Tourism Alive

Lesvos sees overnight stays drop by 40.63%, number of visitors by 42.58%, and tourism-related revenue by 35.18% as refugees continue to flock to the island.

Blue Star Ferries Offers 30% Discount on Ferry Tickets to Four Greek Islands

Blue Star Ferries has announced a 30% discount to ferry tickets for travel to the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Kos and Leros.

Ministry Joins Forces with Greek Island Representatives to Boost Tourism

The Tourism Ministry is focusing on actions to boost tourism on Greek islands that experienced a string of negative publicity due to refugee flows.

Turkey Says EU Deals Hinge on Visa-Free Travel

Turkey says all EU agreements, including the migrant deal to stem migrant flows from entering Europe via Greece, will be called off if Turkish citizens do not get visa-free travel.

SETE-BoG: Tourism can Help Greece Meet its Fiscal Targets

Pre-bookings for the 2017 tourism season reveal a "dynamic" demand for Greece, a fact that can help the country achieve its fiscal targets.

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.

Piraeus Gallery Shows Shed Light on Refugee Ordeal

The trials and tribulations of refugee life take center stage at the Municipal Gallery of Piraeus with the opening of two photography shows on the subject.

Greek Mayors Call for Decongestion of Islands from Refugees

In view of the tourism season, the mayors of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros have requested the immediate decongestion of the islands from refugees.

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.