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Caritas on 'bitter 1st anniversary' of EU-Turkey deal
Caritas on 'bitter 1st anniversary' of EU-Turkey deal

Caritas Europa says the organisation finds it shameful that last year's EU-Turkey deal has left thousands of people stranded in inhumane and degrading conditions in Greece, inevitably resulting in others taking more dangerous routes to seek protection in the EU. "The EU cannot continue externalising the management of migration. Focusing on internal security and deterrence is not the solution. We need a paradigm shift and must stop criminalising migration.

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Greece: CPT volunteer reflects on teenager sentenced to 44 years for steering refugee dingy
Greece: CPT volunteer reflects on teenager sentenced to 44 years for steering refugee dingy

He bent his head down momentarily and then raised it to brace himself for the verdict and the sentence. "Guilty." "Forty-four years in prison," a staggering reality for a teenage refugee, who thought he would be released because of his age and background. All his dreams and hopes for his life, wiped away at the stroke of the judge's pen. His only hope now is in the appeals process, which often results in greatly reducing the sentence. We were stunned. After visiting him in the jail the day before the trial,

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More refugees will die unless EU takes greater action
More refugees will die unless EU takes greater action

Christian Aid has warned that unless the European Union takes greater action in response to the scale of the refugee crisis more people will risk their lives in order to leave Greece, where some 40,000 people are currently stranded. The warning comes just days before an EU meeting with Turkey, which is set to finalise a series of proposals including the resettlement of one Syrian refugee in Europe for every Syrian returned to Turkey from the Greek islands.

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   CAFOD pledges more emergency aid to stranded refugees on Greek-Macedonian border
CAFOD pledges more emergency aid to stranded refugees on Greek-Macedonian border

CAFOD is working with its local Greek partner, Caritas Hellas (Caritas Greece) to respond to the deteriorating situation of refugees stranded at Idomeni on the Greek-Macedonian border, as Macedonia says it will no longer let any more refugees and migrants cross its border with Greece. Following recent border restrictions, between 13,000 and 15,000 refugees have found themselves stuck at the Greek-Macedonian border. They are living in dire conditions on a muddy wasteland, their route to northern Europe now closed.

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Greek Reflection: Each refugee is an individual
Greek Reflection: Each refugee is an individual

Too often, people speak about refugees as a unified, undifferentiated group. CPT places great emphasis on undoing oppressions, an important part of which is recognising and addressing white privilege. One aspect of white privilege is that people who are white are seen as individuals, while people who are not white are seen as representative of their race, or grouping. While here, I have spoken to as many refugees as I can, and listened to their individual stories. Here are just a few of them.

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Greek debt crisis - Campaigners say new deal is 'an outrageous imposition'
Greek debt crisis - Campaigners say new deal is 'an outrageous imposition'

Anti poverty campaigners have condemned the deal made by the EU with Greece over the debt crisis. Tim Jones, economist at the Jubilee Debt Campaign said: "This is not an agreement but an outrageous imposition on the Greek people. If implemented, it will continue the five-year long crisis in the Greek economy since the first disastrous bailout of European banks in 2010 for another decade or more. "At the heart of it is a lie from Eurozone leaders that 'nominal haircuts on the debt cannot be undertaken'. They can, they should and they must. Sub-Saharan Africa and

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Greece: The blistered feet of  refugees on Lesbos
Greece: The blistered feet of refugees on Lesbos

Since the beginning of 2015 the number of asylum seekers trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean has continued to increase; the tiny island of Lesbos alone has received more than 25,000 over the past six months. Last year when I was working on the island of Lesbos the number was high, but nothing compared to this year. As a consequence, some new issues facing the refugees and places for dealing with the refugees have sprung up. It is worth mentioning that many of the new issues were present last year, just on a smaller scale and some of the new ones are the result of bad

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Pope calls for prayers for the people of Greece
Pope calls for prayers for the people of Greece

Pope Francis called for prayers for the people of Greece, during his audience with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Wednesday. A note released by the Holy See Press Office says the Pope has expressed his closeness to the Greek people who are suffering the effects of the current crisis. Describing the news from Greece "regarding the economic and social situation of the country as worrying", the Pope "conveys his closeness to all the Greek people, with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a complex and keenly felt human and social crisis".

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US Bishops say  Syrian refugee crisis at tipping point
US Bishops say Syrian refugee crisis at tipping point

The Syrian refugee crisis - now totaling nearly four million refugees- has reached a "tipping point," in which countries in the region are no longer able to handle the flow of refugees across their borders, warns US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) officials who recently traveled to the Middle East. "Without more international support, we will find Syrians fleeing extremists being turned away and forced back to danger," said Anastasia Brown, interim executive director for USCCB's Migration and Refugee Services (MRS). "The global community, led by Europe and the United States, needs to increase its support in order to prevent a humanitarian crisis."

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Campaigners protest against Greek austerity plan
Campaigners protest against Greek austerity plan
Anti-poverty campaigners say Greek austerity package is a structural adjustment for Europe. Ahead of today's meeting of Eurozone Finance Ministers in Brussels to discuss the 130bn bailout of Greece's creditors, campaigners from the ecumenical Jubilee Debt Campaign have demonstrated outside the European Commission office in London over the
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