Ahead of the European elections, immigration is one of the most divisive issue facing voters. In this latest episode of Insiders we visited the Greek island of Samos, where an inadequately resourced refugee camp is causing suffering and creating tension. Bridging the divide between islanders and asylum seekers For the past few years Manolis Mantas and his wife Vasilika, a retired Greek couple, have lived on the frontline of Europe's refugee crisis. Their summer house, which they built on the beautiful Greek island of Samos a few years ago, now backs onto a miserable collection of tents amongst a maze of paths strewn with rubbish. There, asylum seekers and other migrants eke out an existence whilst they wait for their papers to be processed. When we meet Manolis is keen to show us his "many friends." We walk to the fence at the bottom of his garden where he and his wife hand out cakes to two of the children waiting patiently on the other side of the divide. Next to them an African … [Read more...] about Migrants and Greeks in Samos share anger and despair
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Costas Kantouris, Associated Press Updated 3:14 am CDT, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 In this Thursday, Dec.13, 2018 photo, a burned car is seen on a truck on the highway near Keramoti village, northern Greece after a car transporting migrants and refugees crashed into a truck killing three people. As gangs smuggling migrants into Greece from Turkey increasingly favor the land route over the risky sea crossing, police have adopted a new tactic, stopping drivers who work for the gangs and charging them with traffic violations before they can pick up their human cargo.(Ilias Kotsireas/InTime News via AP) less In this Thursday, Dec.13, 2018 photo, a burned car is seen on a truck on the highway near Keramoti village, northern Greece after a car transporting migrants and refugees crashed into a truck killing three ... more Photo: Petros Giannakouris, AP … [Read more...] about Greek police use safe driving to stop migrant-smuggling
Elena Becatoros, Associated Press Updated 4:02 am CDT, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 FILE - In this Wednesday May 2, 2018 file photo, children play at a makeshift refugee camp outside Moria on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece. European governments breathed a sigh of relief as the European Union reached a deal with Turkey designed to stop hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants heading into the heart of Europe. For many of those who had fled war, hunger and poverty hoping for a bright future on the continent, the deal shattered their dreams. less FILE - In this Wednesday May 2, 2018 file photo, children play at a makeshift refugee camp outside Moria on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece. European governments breathed a sigh of relief as ... more Photo: Petros Giannakouris, AP … [Read more...] about 3 years on, what’s become of the EU-Turkey migration deal?
UNITED NATIONS, United States — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says prospects for a Cyprus settlement remain alive, a year after a failed peace effort, and has instructed an envoy to press on with efforts to kick-start talks. Guterres gave that assessment in a report presented on Monday to the Security Council that set the stage for a fresh bid to revive talks and end the decades-old division on the Mediterranean island. The UN chief reported on consultations led by Jane Holl Lute, who since July has been seeking to determine whether there is a willingness by all sides in Cyprus to return to the negotiating table. "I believe that prospects for a comprehensive settlement between the communities on the island remain alive, notwithstanding the well-known history of the UN’s efforts to broker peace," said Guterres in the report, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. The UN chief said "new ideas" may be needed to finally reach agreement on reuniting Cyprus and that the … [Read more...] about UN chief says prospects for Cyprus deal remain ’alive’
Aritz Parra and Barry Hatton, Associated Press Updated 10:30 am PDT, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 FILE - In a Aug. 15, 2018 file photo, the Aquarius rescue ship enters the harbor of Senglea, Malta. Spain’s maritime rescue service said Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 that it rescued more than 400 people from 15 small boats, most of them off the country’s southern coast, while humanitarian groups lamented that the sole private rescue boat operating near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route risked being put out of action by Italy’s anti-migrant leaders. less FILE - In a Aug. 15, 2018 file photo, the Aquarius rescue ship enters the harbor of Senglea, Malta. Spain’s maritime rescue service said Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 that it rescued more than 400 people from 15 ... more Photo: Rene Rossignaud, AP Refugees and migrants carry their belongings after they disembark from a ferry, at … [Read more...] about 5 EU countries reach deal to end limbo of rescued migrants