GREECE: UNHCR concerned at conditions in new refugee sites and urges that alternatives be found
UNHCR, 27 May 2016
UNHCR is seriously concerned about sub-standard conditions at several sites in northern Greece where refugees and migrants were evacuated this week from the makeshift site at Idomeni, and urges the Greek authorities, with the financial support provided by the European Union, to find better alternati...
UN Refugee Agency training to strengthen coordination in Greece response
UNHCR, 16 May 2016
The UN Refugee Agency kicked off a series of training workshops this week in Greece to provide additional tools on how to strengthen coordination among many partners. This will help ensure their collective efforts in support of national and local authorities deliver improved living conditions for th...
Joint press release: The registration of asylum seekers residing in open reception facilities in the mainland will begin in the next few weeks
UNHCR / Greek Asylum Service / EASO, 14 May 2016
The Asylum Service will conduct a pre-registration exercise for international protection in the mainland from end of May to end of July with the financial support of the European Commission (DG Home). The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the European As...
Horrified shipwreck survivors watched as hundreds drowned
UNHCR, 02 May 2016
ATHENS, Greece, May 2 (UNHCR) – All Yasin Osman Ibrahim and his three-year-old son Abdulrahman could do was watch in horror as more than 500 migrants and refugees drowned two weeks ago, in one of the Mediterranean's worst shipwrecks in modern history.
Clutching Abdulrahman to his chest, Yasin s...
Syrian refugee carries Olympic flame through Athens
UNHCR , 26 Apr 2016
ATHENS, Greece, April 26 (UNHCR) – Syrian refugee Ibrahim Al-Hussein carried the Olympic flame through an Athens centre for refugees on Tuesday evening as part of the torch relay for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The symbolic gesture was intended to show solidarity with the world's refugees...