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15.01.2017

Refugees in Greece defy extreme cold to help the homeless

Refugees in Greece defy extreme cold to help the homeless

Refugees living in camps have been collecting spare food and donating it to those sleeping on the streets – including homeless Greek families. »

19.10.2016

Greece welcomes refugee children to schools

Greece welcomes refugee children to schools

The Greek Ministry of Education has secured classrooms and teaching staff on time and succeeded in welcoming asylum seekers under 15 years of age while preparing and integrating minors aged 15-18 in vocational education programs for the current school year. As a result… »

09.07.2016

From utopia to necessity

From utopia to necessity

Here we post the words spoken by Pía Figueroa – co-Director of Pressenza – on the occasion of the presentation of the Greek edition of Silo’s book Letters to my Friends in Crete: “Thank you goes to my Greek friends for this invitation to the island of… »

29.06.2016

Two day summit of EU leaders on refugee issues

Two day summit of EU leaders on refugee issues

Here’s the joint statement released at the time 109 NGOs from networks across Europe met concerning EU and refugee issues. Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will… »

28.05.2016

Close calls: We were closer to nuclear destruction than we knew

Close calls: We were closer to  nuclear destruction than we knew

Jan Oberg writes: Leaders are very good at telling us that this or that group or country is a threat to us. And how good they are at protecting us citizens by their – military-based – “security” and “defence” policies. This “fearology” is a necessary ingredient in making citizens accept and… »

25.05.2016

Idomeni: Blank faces of people who are losing hope

Idomeni: Blank faces of people who are losing hope

The rumor had been spread over the past 20 days concerning the final decision for the evacuation of Idomeni. In the meantime the Greek Ministry of Health carried out a voluntary vaccination campaign in cooperation with NGOs that are dealing with health issues. The police moved more than 2,000 people… »

20.05.2016

Palestine in the Media: A call for light and hope in the darkness

Palestine in the Media: A call for light and hope in the darkness

Pressenza was invited to participate in the Palestine International Forum for Media and Communication that took place on May 18-19, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. Our representative, Marianella Kloka, was given the opportunity to address with a short speech the audience, mainly Arab journalists and media consultants, during the final session:… »

15.05.2016

Athens City Plaza Hotel Squat: will solidarity prevail?

Athens City Plaza Hotel Squat: will solidarity prevail?

It was a hotel closed by the Greek authorities and the company management was declared bankrupt. The winding up of the business is still pending in order to pay back both salaries owed to the employees and rent owed to the property owner. A group of people thought something seemingly… »

09.04.2016

Refugee Crisis 2016: mass deportations and resettlement efforts by social organizations

Refugee Crisis 2016: mass deportations and resettlement efforts by social organizations

On their own initiative, social organisations both inside and outside Greece are attempting to overcome the confusion and the violations of international treaties caused by the joint statement of 28 EU leaders with Turkey on the 18th of March 2016. This complicated joint statement emerged in a moment when more… »

29.03.2016

Refugee crisis 2016: Awaiting Greek legislation to implement the EU-Turkey refugee deal

Refugee crisis 2016: Awaiting Greek legislation to implement the EU-Turkey refugee deal

The deal between the European Union and Turkey agreed on the 18th of March is based on a cloudy European and international legal framework. The text uses a fairly vague way of describing people who come into European territory, playing with concepts and terms like ‘irregular migrant’, ‘asylum… »

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