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Migrants under pressure as isolation threatens Lesbos camp

M - Social distancing is an alien concept in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, as thousands of refugees jostle in the queues for toilets and showers.

Virus could spread faster in camps than on ships: NGO

Beirut - The novel coronavirus could spread faster in overcrowded refugee and displaced persons camps than it has anywhere else so far, including on cruise ships, an aid group warned Wednesday.

Oxfam urges EU action on Greek migrant rights 'violations'

Athens - Oxafm on Thursday urged the European Commission to sanction Greece for what it termed violations of migrants' rights after the government voted to suspend asylum procedures for one month owing to the coronavirus.

'Corona time' in Europe's main migrant camp in virus lockdown

In Europe's biggest asylum seeker camp of Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos, authorities are trying to keep residents apart from a population with at least three coronavirus cases.

Greece calls for health volunteers to combat virus

Athens - Greece on Monday put out a call for health volunteers to help combat the spread of the coronavirus as the health minister said hundreds of additional medical staff had been deployed.

Greece battling virus with austerity-hit health system

Athens - Greece is battling hard to control the novel coronavirus but experts warn that its public health system has been drastically weakened by a decade of dwindling spending and staff cuts.

Greece unveils new virus restrictions in migrant camps

Athens - Greece's migration ministry on Wednesday announced new restrictions to the movement of asylum-seekers in island camps to keep out the new coronavirus, and accelerated work on new closed facilities.

Greece to restrict migrant camp movements in virus measure

Athens - Greece has said it is placing migrant camps across the country on a two-week shutdown to visitors to ward off the new coronavirus.

Greece's first woman president vows to defend borders, rights, warns on virus

Athens - Greece's first woman president began her term on Friday with a pledge to protect the country's borders and defend human rights, whilst warning Greeks to follow health rules as the country grapples with over 100 coronavirus cases.

HRW denounces Greece over migrants held on warship

Athens - Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called on Greece to reverse its "draconian policy" towards over 450 migrants detained on a navy ship docked in Mytilene port in Lesbos.

EU considers taking in 1,500 child refugees in Greece: German govt

Berlin - The European Union is considering taking in up to 1,500 migrant children who are currently housed in Greek camps, Germany said Monday.

Hospitality gives way to hostility for migrants to Greece

Athens - Five years ago, Greece offered hospitality to a huge wave of migrants at the height of the Syrian civil war -- but today, hostility greets those seeking a new life.

Refugee shelter burns as Greece rolls out new asylum restrictions

A fire engulfed a refugee shelter on the island of Lesbos Saturday as Greece announced further restrictions towards asylum seekers in response to a migration surge enabled by Turkey.

Turkey to stop migrants from risky Aegean sea crossings

Apo - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the Turkish coastguard to stop migrants from making risky Aegean sea crossings, as fresh clashes erupted Saturday pitting migrants against Greek border police.

Migrants, police in fresh clashes at Turkey-Greece border

Greek police fired tear gas in clashes with migrants at the Turkish border on Friday, as Athens said a 2016 EU-Ankara deal limiting migration to Europe was "dead".

Greeks accused of threatening aid workers helping migrants appear in court

Two men appeared in a Lesbos court Friday in the first legal action against Greeks accused of attacking aid workers on the island, where a violent backlash has erupted against those helping the swelling number of refugees.

Migrants, police in fresh clashes at Turkey-Greece border

Brief clashes broke out at Turkey's border with Greece on Friday, where thousands of refugees have been encouraged by Ankara to leave for the European Union.

Citizen patrols ward off 'invasion' on Greek-Turkish border

Talatpasa - It's nightfall in Poros, a small village in northeastern Greece. Tractors lie idle and the streets virtually deserted.

Greek navy ship on Lesbos houses latest island migrants

Greece sent a navy ship to the island of Lesbos Wednesday to house hundreds of migrants who landed on the island in recent days, part of the ongoing surge from Turkey, officials said.

EU promises financial, border help to Greece over migrant surge

Talatpasa - EU chiefs on Tuesday pledged millions of euros of financial assistance to Greece to help tackle the migration surge from neighbouring Turkey, warning against those wishing to "test Europe's unity".

Refugee aid groups attacked as tensions rock Greek island

Several aid groups on Greece's Lesbos said Tuesday they were suspending work with refugees and evacuating staff in the wake of violence by locals, amid fear and confusion on an island in the crosshairs of the migrant crisis.

EU pledges financial, border assistance to Greece over migrant surge

Talatpasa - EU chiefs on Tuesday pledged millions of euros of financial assistance to Greece to help tackle the migration surge from neighbouring Turkey, warning against those wishing to "test Europe's unity".

EU leaders head to Turkey and Greece amid migrant crisis

Istanbul - The EU dispatched its highest officials to Turkey and Greece Tuesday, as concern grew over a fresh migrant crisis and accusations that Ankara was trying to "blackmail" the bloc by opening its borders to thousands of refugees trying to reach Europe.

Greece tries to halt thousands of migrants, sparking UN rebuke

Talatpasa - Greece struggled on Monday to stop a growing throng of migrants from crossing its border with Turkey, as the UN urged Greece to honour its commitments under international law.

Police fire tear gas at migrants in Greece

Police fired tear gas at protesting migants on Monday on Lesbos, a Greek island on the frontline of the migrant crisis, an AFP photographer said.

Greece blocks nearly 10,000 migrants at Turkey border

Talatpasa - Greece has blocked nearly 10,000 migrants trying to enter from the Turkey border over the past 24 hours, a Greek government source said Sunday.

Greeks fear 'invasion' of migrants across Turkish border

Talatpasa - Greece was on a state of alert Sunday as it faced an influx of thousands of migrants seeking to cross the border from Turkey, with locals fearing a new immigration crisis.

Greek islanders block migrant boat from landing

St - A group of local people on the Greek island of Lesbos on Sunday stopped around 50 migrants, including children, from landing their boat after several hours at sea, AFP photographers witnessed.

Turkey shoots down two Syria warplanes in escalating offensive

Ankara - Turkey shot down two Syrian warplanes on Sunday in an escalating offensive against the Damascus regime as Ankara pressured Europe over the conflict by opening its border for migrants to cross into the continent.

'Are we in Greece?': Migrants seize their chance in Europe quest

Talatpasa - Some attempt to cut through a barbed wire fence while others hunt for wood and rocks to throw at police.
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