Tag: Greece

Greece will soon recognize Palestinian state, ruling party says

The Greek government will soon officially recognize the state of Palestine, the country’s ruling Syriza party told Palestinian lawmakers on Saturday, the Palestinian Legislative Council said in a statement.   According to Palestinian news agency Ma’an, the Greek pledge came during a meeting between a Syriza delegation and Palestinian MPs in Ramallah, although no specific […]

Pope Francis in Greece: ‘We Are All Migrants’

In his one-day visit to meet migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos Saturday, Pope Francis expressed his conviction that “we are all migrants” as he greeted the many asylum-seekers awaiting word regarding the processing of their cases.   Pope Francis visited the Moria detention center, the temporary home of some 3,000 migrants […]

Pope Francis set to visit Greece to show support for refugees on Lesbos

The pope has asked to visit Greece to show support for refugees there, and Greek church authorities have approved plans for a papal trip to Lesbos, officials said Tuesday.   The Greek Orthodox church added that it had invited ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew, the head of the Eastern Orthodox church, “so that he can honour Lesbos […]

Greece on brink of chaos as refugees riot over forced return to Turkey

“We are expecting violence. People in despair tend to be violent,” the leftist-led government’s migration spokesman, Giorgos Kyritsis, told the Observer. “The whole philosophy of the deal is to deter human trafficking [into Europe] from the Turkish coast, but it is going to be difficult and we are trying to use a soft approach. These […]

Greece Begins Migrant and Refugee Deportations Under EU Plan

ATHENS, Greece — Under heavy security, authorities on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios deported 202 migrants and refugees on boats bound for Turkey — the first to be sent back as part of a controversial European Union plan to limit the amount of migration to Europe.   The operation that started at dawn, […]

Europe, Reeling From Strain, Tells Economic Migrants: Don’t Bother

BRUSSELS — As Europe’s migrant crisis spiraled toward yet another humanitarian catastrophe, a European Union leader issued a stark warning Thursday to millions in search of economic opportunity: Stay away.   “Do not come to Europe,” said Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, which represents the bloc’s 28 leaders. “Do not believe the […]

EU On Brink Of Refugee ‘Humanitarian Crisis’

The United Nations has warned that Europe is on the brink of a “self-induced humanitarian crisis” caused by the build-up of migrants and refugees on Greece’s border with Macedonia.   Food, water and shelter are in short supply for the rising number of families gathering at the border between the two countries.   The United […]

Migrant crisis: EU to unveil emergency aid plan

The European Union is preparing to spend hundreds of millions of euros on humanitarian aid, as Greece struggles to cope with an influx of migrants. Under plans to be submitted on Wednesday, EU funds could be deployed within Europe in the same way they are used to help crises outside the bloc. The UN has […]

UN says one-third of refugees sailing to Europe are children

Children now make up over a third of the people making the perilous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece, the UN has said, as two more babies drowned off Europe’s shores.   For the first time since the start of the migration crisis in Europe, there are also now more women and children crossing the […]

Where there’s a wall, there’s no way: refugee crisis needs a better idea

In metaphorical terms, the migration crisis has driven Greece to the wall, with more than 850,000 asylum seekers landing on its shores in 2015. This year, the expression may take on a more literal meaning, depending on whether you believe the bluster of rightwing European leaders.   In recent days, Hungary’s hardline prime minister, Viktor […]