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Greece | Refugees in Greece Will Receive Cash Instead of Meals

Starting in March, refugees in Greece will be getting money for food instead of free meals, said Deputy Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas on Monday.

Mouzalas spoke on SKAI television about the refugee issue and particularly about the new program on feeding the refugees that will be implemented in March.

Greece | Tired of waiting in Greece, Syrians bid to return home

“I want to go back to Syria. There is war in my country, but we’ve been living for seven months in Greece like prisoners.”

Greece | Greek islands overflowing with migrants amid EU fears Turkey will abandon refugee deal

Greek authorities on several islands in the Aegean Sea are raising the alarm over an increasing influx of refugees from Turkey, which has soared since the failed coup, while the EU fears Turkey will not keep to its promises regarding the refugee deal.

Greece | Up to 35,000 migrants to be relocated over two years

Of the 49,000 migrants and refugees currently stranded in camps around the Greek mainland, up to 35,000 are expected to resettle in other European states over the next two years, Kathimerini understands.

A so-called pre-registration process, which is implemented by the Asylum Service in cooperation with UNHCR and the European Support Office on Asylum (EASO), should be completed by late July. The program allows individuals who entered the country between January 1, 2015 and March 19, 2016 to get a foot on the national asylum procedure ladder. It also gives them access to the EU’s relocation scheme. Individuals who skip the procedure will be deemed illegal and be subject to deportation by the authorities.

‘500 dead’, confirm survivors of latest Mediterranean boat tragedy

Survivors of the latest mass tragedy to strike the Mediterranean have spoken out about their horrifying ordeal, when the overloaded boat capsized last week while making a crossing to Europe, killing as many as 500 passengers.
The 41 survivors – 37 men, three women and a three-year-old child – of the crossing from Tobruk in Libya were rescued and taken to Greece. They have confirmed that hundreds of people drowned when the non-seaworthy vessel tipped over.
UNHCR spokeswoman Carlotta Sami also said on Wednesday that survivors from Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt who were rescued from a small boat had described seeing a large shipwreck claiming hundreds of lives.

“There were 500 passengers, mostly Somalis, on the boat, but only [some] people survived,” Awale Warsame, a survivor of the tragedy, told Somali media.