Migration and Struggle in Greece

Archive for January, 2014

Migrants saved in Greek boat accident mourn relatives – and dispute claims

Posted by clandestina on 29 January 2014

Survivors say coastguards refused to help them as vessel sank and stamped on hands of those clinging to Greek boat

  • in Athens
  • The Guardian, Monday 27 January 2014 20.14 GMT
    Afghan migrant Fadi Mohamed, who lost his wife and children when the boat sank off Farmakonisi

    Fadi Mohamed, an Afghan who lost his family when the boat sank, describes seeing coastguards kicking a refugee. Photo: Nikolas Georgiou/Demotix/Corbis

    Even now, eight days later, they can both still taste the sea. Just as they can still feel the water slipping through their fingers as they desperately tried to bail out the boat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Boat Carrying Sans-Papiers Immigrants Sinks In Aegean, Killing Four

Posted by clandestina on 27 January 2014

At least four sans-papiers immigrants died and two were lost at sea while 13 were rescued from a boat which sank off Kuasadasi Gulf of Aydin province in Turkey’s Aegean coast on Friday, according to initial reports from the governorate of Aydin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Greek Coast Guard drowned refugees near Farmakonisi during push-back attempt

Posted by clandestina on 22 January 2014


Eyewitnesses accuse the Greek Coast Guard of drowning migrants off the coast of the island of Farmakonisi on January 20th, 2013. 9 children and 3 women died!
As UNHCR reports: “According to survivors’ testimonies, the Coast Guard boat towing their vessel was heading, at high speed, towards the Turkish coast, when the tragic incident happened amid rough seas. The same witnesses said people were screaming for help, since there was a large number of children on the boat”.
 International organisations have condemned, several times, the refoulement policy against migrants entering Greece without papers.
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12 immigrants missing in the Aegean

Posted by clandestina on 20 January 2014

1.5 miles from Pharmakonisi island (near Leros island) a fishing boat, transporting undocumented immigrants, capsized today. 16 immigrants have been rescued and 12 are reported missing (9 children and 3 women).

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