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UNHCR issues a press release on Jolie’s visit to Greece

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt visits Greece Press Releases, 16 March 2016 UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt is visiting Greece today on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. The Special Envoy’s mission will concentrate on the humanitarian situation of thousands of refugee families in Greece, most of whom were forced to flee Syria, Afghanistan ...

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Angelina and the refugees in Piraeus and Eleonas

UN special envoy and Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie travelled to Greece on Wednesday to highlight the plight of war-fleeing families stuck in the country. Jolie visited the temporary offices of U.N. refugee agency UNHCR at the main port of Piraeus near Athens, which has become a makeshift camp for some 4,000 refugees and migrants sleeping in tents on the docks. ...

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Hepatitis diagnosed in a Piraeus refugee

A hepatitis outbreak was detected in an 8-year old refugee at the passenger terminal gate E1 of the port of Piraeus. The 8 year-old was tranferred to the Children’s Hospital “Agia Sophia”, while it is being monitored. Health services also proceeded to vaccinations. The President of the Medical Association of Piraeus Nikos Malesiotis, while talking to the Athens News Agency, ...

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Greek Government denies the return of 1,500 refugees from FYROM

Still unclear is the information regarding the fate of the 1500 refugees who attempted to cross the border with FYROM yesterday. The Ministry of Interiors of the country announced that all of them were returned to Greece, while ABC journalist, Barbara Miller, posted today relevant photos on twitter. According to information, the army of FYROM, after beating the refugees, put ...

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Another shipwreck off the coast of Kos – 8 Missing

At least eight people are missing when the boat aboard which a total of 13 people overturned under unclear circumstances, in the sea area of Kos. According to preliminary information, 5 persons were able to swim and go ashore unharmed. Surveys to detect the missing are being conducted by a Coast Guard boat and a super puma helicopter, while in ...

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Vitsas: Refugees will remain confined in Greece for up to two years

Deputy Minister of Defense and head of the Coordination of Government refugee, Dimitris Vitsas, in an interview with the Financial Times, expressed the view that the number of migrants who remain confined in Greece grows rapidly, leading to their stay in the country for a period up to two years. According to Mr. Vitsas, most refugees will have to wait ...

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Solidarity to refugees by employees of the Greek Parliament

Employees of the Greek Parliament, in an expression of solidarity to refugees, decided to collect a different kind of product each week, under the coordination and responsibility of the Parliament Officers Association. The first action started Friday with the concentration of long-life and infant milk. Employees collected more than 1,500 milk containers, which were delivered to the warehouses of Greek ...

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Brochures distributed to refugees: “The borders are closed”

Brochures were distributed to refugees in Idomeni by members of the Coordinating Body for Refugee Crisis, in order to relieve congestion on the borders and to direct refugees in accommodation centers, since -as the brochure informs- “borders are closed”. “We inform you that the borders between Greece and FYROM have been closed. Greece will provide you with accommodation, food, medical ...

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EuroSimulation Athens 2016 takes off!

The Eugene Foundation in Paleo Faliro, Athens southern suburb, is hosting on its premises an event for students – and not only. It is called “EuroSimulation Athens 2016” and is being held in the Greek capital for the fifth consecutive year. From the 10th to the 13th of March, over 200 participants will familiarize themselves with the decision-making processes of ...

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More space for refugees in Athens

Mayor of Athens, Yorgos Kaminis, announced today at a press conference that he will put forward before the Municipal Council the expansion of the existing accommodation centre in Eleonas, Athens, from 24 to 37 acres. With this new expansion (the second after 8 more acres were conceded last December), the overall capacity of the facility is expected to rise to ...

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