During her recent visit to Greece, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson made assurances that new reception centers on the Aegean islands would not be closed facilities. However, the reconfiguration of existing camps on the mainland into closed facilities are progressing at a rapid pace − and the authorities involved are pointing fingers at each other.
Lawyers in Greece accuse Frontex of incorrectly labeling minors as ‘adults’, a violation. Among them was 17-year old William, sent to the adult section of Moria, where he says he was abused. He was later able to prove his age.
Exclusive: Vulnerable torture victim sobs as he describes bullying and abuse he faces living alone in a tent on fringes of Samos refugee camp as Home Office blocks him from reuniting with brothers in London.
Europe’s top human rights body has expressed “deep concern” at persistent allegations that Greek authorities have on several occasions illegally forced back migrants trying to clandestinely enter from neighboring Turkey.
A new report has placed a spotlight on the migrant smuggling business and other illicit activities running through the Western Balkans, including drugs and money laundering. The report estimates that the migrant smuggling business alone could be worth up to €50 million per year in the region.
Greek officials made assurances early on that the more than 35,000 people who live in refugee camps on the Greek islands and the mainland would be accommodated by the country’s vaccine rollout plan. But more than four months into the inoculation drive, a plan for asylum-seekers has not been finalized.
The Council of Europe has sent a letter to Athens expressing “deep concern” at allegations of pushbacks of asylum-seekers at Greece’s borders. Reporter of Der Spiegel, Giorgos Christides, analyzes the latest developments on the migration issue.
There have been appeals for calm after days of unrest in Jerusalem spiralled into retaliatory attacks by Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. Israel has launched air strikes against militant targets in the Gaza Strip, after rockets were fired from the territory towards Jerusalem. As the Israeli officials announced, the conflict is likely to last.