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Greece: Refugee flows remain a concern (ekathimerini.com, link):
"As the last of the refugees and migrants stranded at the port of Piraeus were bused on Wednesday to organized accommodation shelters of their choice around the country, authorities are reportedly concerned by the continued flow of asylum seekers to the islands.
According to the latest official data, there were 9,140 refugees and migrants on the islands of the eastern Aegean on Wednesday, while 100 more arrived throughout the day. This is a significant increase compared to the 8,475 on July 13, when arrivals began to pick up again at a daily rate of between 40 and 120 people.
The situation has been further compounded by the failed coup attempt in Turkey and its aftermath, which, authorities say, has practically frozen the return of refugees to the neighboring country."
Greece: Police Raids Refugee Squats in Thessaloniki, Greece (The Press Project, link):
"Early on Wednesday morning, police forces raided three occupied buildings in Thessaloniki, in Northern Greece, where refugees were hosted thanks to solidarity groups and citizens. Police is moving refugees to state camps while Greek nationals from squats face arrest..."
See also: SYRIZA vs SYRIZA: Ruling Party against Government for refugees evacuation from occupied buildings (News THat Moves, link):
"Greeces ruling party SYRIZA condemned a decision of the SYRIZA-Indepenten Greeks government to have police raid and evacuate three buildings in Thessaloniki, northern Greece. The buildings were occupied by anti-authoritarians and members of Solidarity movement who had settled refugees and migrants there.
Criminalizing solidarity projects is a method that has nothing to do with the principles and values of the Left. We are against the evacuation, the press office of SYRIZA party said in a statement. "
Are You Syrious (link)
Bulgaria and Greece joining forces in fear of potential migration pressure
"Bulgaria and Greece have agreed to hold a joint exercise of their Special Forces at the common border to demonstrate unity and strength in the face of a potential surge in migration pressure, Bulgarian Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev has said."
The top 10 refugee-hosting countries may surprise you
"Misconceptions about the refugee crisis (and especially the position of the EU countries in welcoming those fleeing war and persecution) are many and, whether they come from lack of information, fear or other reasons, it is necessary to avoid drawing coclusions without the entire picture in mind. Check out the current official UNHCR infographics."
Populism, racism and xenophobia have infected Europe (euractiv, link): "We have been infected. The virus of populism, racism, xenophobia has affected Europe. This virus in Europe is named Le Pen in France, Farage in Great Britain, Orban in Hungary, 5 Star Movement in Italy, Kaczynski in Poland, writes Gianni Pittella."
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