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Refugees: Finding Home in Lesvos

Lesvos knows that the newcomers will contribute more than they receive; few can be more conscious of this than those who were once uprooted themselves. For this reason, residents of Lesvos do not see a burden in today’s refugees, but a new world in its inception. Full story here: http://newsweekme.com/?p=6542 Social Streams

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Migrants Freed from Greek Detention, Trapped in Limbo on Islands

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, May 9 – Migrants and refugees are being freed from detention centres in Greece but remain trapped on its islands until their asylum requests are processed, exposing them to dire living conditions and even the risk of people smugglers, human rights groups say. At least 1,100 people have been released from

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Migrants Trickle Back to Turkey from Greece Under EU Deal

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, April 26 – Two ferries left Greece for Turkey on Tuesday with 18 migrants on board, as a government spokesman said Athens was doing all it could to process returnees under a deal with Turkey intended to stem a huge refugee influx into Europe. Just over 340 people have so far

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Pope Returns With 12 Refugees After Visit to Greek Island

By Philip Pullella and Karolina Tagaris LESVOS, Greece April 16 – Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help. At a sprawling fenced complex

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Pope Francis to Visit Greek Migrant Island of Lesvos on April 16

VATICAN CITY, April 7 – Pope Francis will make a lightning trip to the Greek island of Lesvos on April 16, the Vatican said on Thursday, in a visit aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the front line of Europe’s migrant crisis. Hundreds of thousands of refugees, many fleeing the war in Syria,

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Migrant Arrivals on Greek Islands Slow to a Trickle

ATHENS, April 6 – Arrivals in Greece of migrants crossing by sea from Turkey fell sharply on Wednesday, three days after an agreement came into force to seal off a route used by hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict in the past year. New arrivals on the Greek islands facing Turkey dropped to 68

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Anger Simmers as Greek Islands Adapt to Migrant Deal

By Karolina Tagaris and Renee Maltezou ATHENS/LESBOS, Greece, April 6 – A day after Greece deported hundreds of migrants to Turkey under an EU deal meant to discourage others from making the same perilous journey to Europe, anger was simmering on Greek islands and asylum applications were piling up. Under the pact, Ankara will take

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EU-Turkey Deal Fails to Stem Refugee Flight to Greece

By Karolina Tagaris LESBOS, Greece, March 20 – They waved, cheered and smiled, elated to have made it to Europe at dawn on Sunday in a packed blue rubber motor boat. The 50 or so refugees and migrants were among the first to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos on day one after an

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Lesvos: Where Sympathy and Sanctuary Endure

By Anna Pantelia As winter takes its toll and high winds whip the sea up into a frenzy, men, women and children huddle together in rubber dinghies. Many are braving an unimaginable journey from Turkey destined to the tiny Greek island of Lesvos. As they reach the shore, hundreds of lifeguards and local volunteers rush forth

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