Greek officials say housing must be secured for other vulnerable asylum seekers on the islands, many of whom "sleep under trees", giving the excuse to moving more than 11,200 people out of flats, hotels and camps on the mainland.
Refugees and migrants from Afghanistan, Congo, Guinea and Pakistan were among those rescued off the coast of Foca in Izmir province.
Human rights activists accuse Greece of using the coronavirus pandemic as cover for abusing asylum seekers, says Wall Street Journal.
Italy is set to grant 500,000 undocumented migrants work permits, a move that follows Portugal’s decision to grant citizenship rights to asylum seekers and migrants.
The blaze late Saturday at Vial camp on Chios island destroyed the facilities of the European asylum service, a camp canteen, warehouse tents and many housing containers, Migration Ministry Secretary Manos Logothetis said.
With Europe now the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, the EU has slammed shut its external borders to halt the spread of Covid-19.
Greece is detaining migrants at a secret extrajudicial location before deporting them to Turkey without processing their asylum claims, a New York Times report says. Meanwhile, EU asks Greece to probe violence against refugees.
Migrants see Greece as a transit gateway country. If they stay, it’s only for a lack of options or because the EU has yet to take responsibility in a tragic episode of global upheaval.
Berlin began a crackdown on right-wing violence in response to a rise in hate crimes last year. Germany's domestic intelligence agency estimates there are around 24,100 "right wing extremists" in Germany, about half of whom are potentially violent.
Three existing amps are to be closed, on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos, currently housing over 27,000 people under terrible conditions which have been repeatedly castigated by rights groups. They have a nominal capacity of just 4,500.
In a long-running sit-in in front of the UN refugee agency offices in Pretoria, asylum-seekers are asking for protection and relocation to a safer country. The sit-in was sparked by a wave of xenophobic violence in September.
The White House said Guatemala would now be considered a "safe third country," meaning that US-bound migrants who enter Guatemala would be required to seek asylum there instead.
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