Member states modified on Tuesday European Union’s counter-smuggling Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean Sea. Operation Sophia’s mandate was due to finalise by the end of March but under the new agreement of the 28 states, the operation was renewed for additional six months.
Greece’s coast guard collected 36 migrants stranded on a beach at the island of Chios early Thursday morning, as authorities searched for two more people reported missing.
One man and two children died on Thursday after the vessel they were on board sank in the sea region off the east coast of Samos island.
A sailing boat carrying, according to initial information, 35 migrants run aground in the sea region of Loutra Kaiafa, in the Ionian Sea.
The Greek Coast Guard rescued at least 44 migrants off the eastern Aegean island of Samos on Wednesday who had come over the sea by dinghy from the Turkish coast.
European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos on Tuesday said that the Greek islands are better prepared to host migrants this winter in comparison with previous years.
Three foreign nationals, members of a criminal group that transferred migrants and refugees from the region of the Evros river to the areas of the Peloponnese for transportation by sea to Italy were arrested, police said on Monday.
Thirty migrants, including women and children, were found by the coast guard in the sea off the coast of Makri in Alexandroupolis on Sunday.
The Greek Migrants Forum, the University of Athens and the Spanish institution Acsar created an application for mobile phones to help refugees get basic everyday information.
A tanker picked up 29 migrants on a boat in distress off the island of Gavdos, south of Crete. The migrants had called the European assistance number (112).