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Minister visits migrant detention center, expresses 'shame' at conditions

Alternate Minister for Civil Protection Yiannis Panousis said on Saturday he was "ashamed as a human being" after seeing the foreigners' detention centre in Amygdaleza, north of Athens, where a Pakistani national, 28, hanged himself late on Friday night in the container used as temporary housing.
February 14, 2015

Greece to move fast to close migrant centres

The new Greek government will move quickly to keep its electoral promise and shut down the country's overcrowded migrant detention centres, a minister said Saturday, following the apparent suicide of an inmate.
The Peninsula Qatar: February 14, 2015

At least 200 migrants die on Mediterranean crossing

At least 200 migrants died after trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in inflatable boats, the United Nations refugee agency said Wednesday.
February 11, 2015

Greek official says fence on border with Turkey should be dismantled

A senior politician from the left-wing Syriza party, calling the presence of the 12-kilometer-long barbed wire fence on the Greek-Turkish border “shameful,” has said that the fence should be dismantled.
Today's Zaman: February 10, 2015

Turkey becoming major hub for human smuggling

The arrival on Italian shores of two crewless ships filled with more than 1,000 refugees – mostly Syrians – has put the spotlight on Turkey's role in people smuggling.
January 10, 2015

Burned ferry being towed to Italy

The badly burned wreck of the car ferry that caught fire Sunday off the coast of Greece is being towed to Italy for inspection.
January 2, 2015

Italy mounts rescue of migrants on abandoned ship

Italian authorities have taken control of a cargo ship carrying hundreds of migrants that was abandoned by its crew off the coast of Italy
January 2, 2015

Italians rescue nearly 1,000 migrants abandoned at sea

In a second high-seas drama this week, six Italian coast guard officers boarded a cargo ship abandoned in the Adriatic Sea with nearly 1,000 migrants on board and managed to steer it to an Italian port early Wednesday.
January 1, 2015

Cargo ship carrying '700 migrants' docks in Italy

A cargo ship said to be carrying 700 clandestine migrants which was taken under Italian control at sea has docked in the Italian port of Gallipoli.
BBC: December 31, 2014

Greek, Italian authorities respond to distress call from 'migrant' cargo ship

Italy has sent a helicopter to meet a cargo ship alleged to be carrying hundreds of people attempting to illegally migrate into Europe. Greek authorities had previously received a distress call from someone aboard.
Deutsche Welle: December 30, 2014