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  •  The fate of the Portuguese national team has been inextricably linked to that of Cristiano Ronaldo for almost two decades Is a new era approaching asks PA Ronaldo was crying as he made his way to the dressing room after Portugal s 1 0 loss to Morocco in the FIFA World Cup quarter finals on Saturday Whether that was the last time the world saw Ronaldo on the international soccer stage remains to be seen If it is it marks a great moment for the Portugal team given that Ronaldo is their captain top scorer and best player ever There is a possibility that the team will also have a different manager for the first time since 2014 when qualifying for the 2024 European Championship begins in March Reaching the quarter finals was the least expected of Portugal considering the depth of talent on their team The team navigated through the group stage by winning their first two games Coach Fernando Santos rotated most of his starting eleven for the final group game against South Korea which they won 2 1 with a late goal and then thrashed Switzerland 6 1 in the round of 16 final Despite Morocco s solid defense and their status as the surprise of the tournament Portugal was still expected to beat the North African nation in the quarterfinals So in that sense it s another missed opportunity and probably an overall underperformance from Ronaldo and his team The world is waiting to see if Ronaldo 37 retires from international duty after scoring a record 118 goals in men s football and making 196 appearances in his 19 years with the national team If Ronaldo continues it is most likely that he will be only for Euro 2024 and not also for World Cup 2026 by which time he will be 41 years old At 39 it is likely that center back Pepe played his last major tournament Most in doubt is the future of Santos who took charge of Portugal in 2014 after four years in charge of the Greece team He has a contract until 2024 and repeatedly deflected any talk of leaving his job before the loss to Morocco I will have a discussion with the president of the Portuguese soccer federation and when we return to Portugal we will discuss the issue of the contract Santos said A future without Ronaldo may be an alarming proposition but talent is emerging Up front is 21 year old Goncalo Ramos who scored a hat trick against Switzerland when he replaced Ronaldo in his first start for the national team There is a lot of enthusiasm for the development of Ant nio Silva a 19 year old central defender from Benfica who looks like the natural replacement for Pepe a player who is more than twice Silva s age Jo o F lix is only 23 years old so he has time on his side while full backs Diogo Dalot and Nuno Mendes are only 23 and 20 respectively With or without Ronaldo Portugal are the favorites in a Euro 2024 qualifying group that looks friendly Portugal opens the group stage in March with a home match against Liechtenstein The other teams in Group J are Bosnia and Herzegovina Iceland Slovakia and Luxembourg If Portugal makes it to the tournament in Germany expect the team to be among the favourites even without their most famous player
    Portugal prepares for the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era
     The fate of the Portuguese national team has been inextricably linked to that of Cristiano Ronaldo for almost two decades Is a new era approaching asks PA Ronaldo was crying as he made his way to the dressing room after Portugal s 1 0 loss to Morocco in the FIFA World Cup quarter finals on Saturday Whether that was the last time the world saw Ronaldo on the international soccer stage remains to be seen If it is it marks a great moment for the Portugal team given that Ronaldo is their captain top scorer and best player ever There is a possibility that the team will also have a different manager for the first time since 2014 when qualifying for the 2024 European Championship begins in March Reaching the quarter finals was the least expected of Portugal considering the depth of talent on their team The team navigated through the group stage by winning their first two games Coach Fernando Santos rotated most of his starting eleven for the final group game against South Korea which they won 2 1 with a late goal and then thrashed Switzerland 6 1 in the round of 16 final Despite Morocco s solid defense and their status as the surprise of the tournament Portugal was still expected to beat the North African nation in the quarterfinals So in that sense it s another missed opportunity and probably an overall underperformance from Ronaldo and his team The world is waiting to see if Ronaldo 37 retires from international duty after scoring a record 118 goals in men s football and making 196 appearances in his 19 years with the national team If Ronaldo continues it is most likely that he will be only for Euro 2024 and not also for World Cup 2026 by which time he will be 41 years old At 39 it is likely that center back Pepe played his last major tournament Most in doubt is the future of Santos who took charge of Portugal in 2014 after four years in charge of the Greece team He has a contract until 2024 and repeatedly deflected any talk of leaving his job before the loss to Morocco I will have a discussion with the president of the Portuguese soccer federation and when we return to Portugal we will discuss the issue of the contract Santos said A future without Ronaldo may be an alarming proposition but talent is emerging Up front is 21 year old Goncalo Ramos who scored a hat trick against Switzerland when he replaced Ronaldo in his first start for the national team There is a lot of enthusiasm for the development of Ant nio Silva a 19 year old central defender from Benfica who looks like the natural replacement for Pepe a player who is more than twice Silva s age Jo o F lix is only 23 years old so he has time on his side while full backs Diogo Dalot and Nuno Mendes are only 23 and 20 respectively With or without Ronaldo Portugal are the favorites in a Euro 2024 qualifying group that looks friendly Portugal opens the group stage in March with a home match against Liechtenstein The other teams in Group J are Bosnia and Herzegovina Iceland Slovakia and Luxembourg If Portugal makes it to the tournament in Germany expect the team to be among the favourites even without their most famous player
    Portugal prepares for the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era
    Football2 months ago

    Portugal prepares for the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era

    The fate of the Portuguese national team has been inextricably linked to that of Cristiano Ronaldo for almost two decades.

    Is a new era approaching?

    asks PA.

    Ronaldo was crying as he made his way to the dressing room after Portugal's 1-0 loss to Morocco in the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

    Whether that was the last time the world saw Ronaldo on the international soccer stage remains to be seen.

    If it is, it marks a great moment for the Portugal team, given that Ronaldo is their captain, top scorer and best player ever.

    There is a possibility that the team will also have a different manager for the first time since 2014, when qualifying for the 2024 European Championship begins in March.

    Reaching the quarter-finals was the least expected of Portugal considering the depth of talent on their team.

    The team navigated through the group stage by winning their first two games.

    Coach Fernando Santos rotated most of his starting eleven for the final group game against South Korea, which they won 2-1 with a late goal, and then thrashed Switzerland 6-1 in the round of 16.

    final.

    Despite Morocco's solid defense and their status as the surprise of the tournament, Portugal was still expected to beat the North African nation in the quarterfinals.

    So in that sense, it's another missed opportunity and probably an overall underperformance from Ronaldo and his team.

    The world is waiting to see if Ronaldo, 37, retires from international duty after scoring a record 118 goals in men's football and making 196 appearances in his 19 years with the national team.

    If Ronaldo continues, it is most likely that he will be only for Euro 2024 and not also for World Cup 2026, by which time he will be 41 years old.

    At 39, it is likely that center back Pepe played his last major tournament.

    Most in doubt is the future of Santos, who took charge of Portugal in 2014 after four years in charge of the Greece team.

    He has a contract until 2024 and repeatedly deflected any talk of leaving his job before the loss to Morocco.

    "I will have a discussion with the president (of the Portuguese soccer federation) and when we return to Portugal, we will discuss the issue of the contract," Santos said.

    A future without Ronaldo may be an alarming proposition, but talent is emerging.

    Up front is 21-year-old Goncalo Ramos, who scored a hat-trick against Switzerland when he replaced Ronaldo in his first start for the national team.

    There is a lot of enthusiasm for the development of António Silva, a 19-year-old central defender from Benfica, who looks like the natural replacement for Pepe, a player who is more than twice Silva's age.

    João Félix is ​​only 23 years old, so he has time on his side, while full-backs Diogo Dalot and Nuno Mendes are only 23 and 20, respectively.

    With or without Ronaldo, Portugal are the favorites in a Euro 2024 qualifying group that looks friendly.

    Portugal opens the group stage in March with a home match against Liechtenstein.

    The other teams in Group J are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Slovakia and Luxembourg.

    If Portugal makes it to the tournament in Germany, expect the team to be among the favourites, even without their most famous player.

  •  Young Athenians hone their shooting skills under the dazzling white lights of an outdoor basketball court always dreaming of emulating local hero and global star Giannis Antetokounmpo Sport offers the tantalizing hope of Greek citizenship and the promise of an easier life for the children of African immigrants who were born or raised in Greece but whose presence in the country is in question But many of the budding basketball players believe that the huge obstacles that the Greek administration has placed in their path make it difficult to follow their role model Antetokounmpo and his rags to riches story Originally from Nigeria brothers David and Joshua Nnadi told AFP that their efforts to follow in the footsteps of Giannis and his brother Thanasis have been frustrated at all times Every year the school organizes a trip abroad Without the papers I can t leave the country said David 17 I don t understand the Antetokounmpos were like us today they receive all the glory and we receive nothing he lamented His playmate Tangu shares the sentiment of injustice They say that we all have the same rights but that is false he told AFP Giannis Antetokounmpo born in Athens to Nigerian parents is everywhere in the Greek capital gracing billboards and acting as a role model for aspiring basketball players of African descent A huge fresco on a basketball court shows Antetokounmpo 27 leaping with superhuman agility toward a basket soaring toward clouds and a Greek god His number 34 jersey sells for thousands in the alleys of downtown Dave Okonkwo also born in Greece to Nigerian parents aspires to follow Antetokounmpo s example and become a professional player I dream of meeting him learning from him Giannis has always been my idol said the 18 year old as he laced up his shoes on court Legal limbo Antetokounmpo s breakneck rise to international sports stardom had humble beginnings Penniless and without regular legal status in Greece his family survived on the earnings of odd jobs and informal trade Basketball gave the two eldest sons Thanasis and Giannis an escape from the precariousness of everyday life Scouts saw his talent and Giannis joined the prestigious North American NBA league with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013 Giannis sporting achievements made it easy for him to regularize his status in Greece where he gained citizenship at age 18 when he traveled to the United States The granting of Greek citizenship to these children of immigrants is not automatic and the criteria vary according to the age the situation of the parents and the education of the young people Administrative hurdles often leave young people in legal limbo especially when response times seem to drag on indefinitely Nikos Odubitan who founded the organization Generation 2 0 to help integrate and offer legal support to young people facing such difficulties said the bureaucratic delays exceed the deadlines stipulated by law The law says that the steps must be completed in six months Actually the average is more than four years and some people wait six to seven years he said Uncertainty prevents children from accessing free healthcare the organization added One Giannis does not make a summer Odubitan said Hard work and perseverance Okonkwo began playing basketball at age 11 at the AntetokounBros Academy an organization founded by the Antetokounmpo brothers to provide opportunities for underserved youth and enable them to change their lives through the power of sport It was also at the academy that budding basketball star Benjamin Tangu practiced his first dribbling after arriving in Greece at age 13 source He achieved it through work and perseverance Nothing is easy but you always have to follow your dreams added Okonkwo We always want to compare ourselves with Giannis but everyone follows his own path He did it Now it is our turn to be recognized
    Afro-Greeks struggle to emulate ‘idol’ Antetokounmpo
     Young Athenians hone their shooting skills under the dazzling white lights of an outdoor basketball court always dreaming of emulating local hero and global star Giannis Antetokounmpo Sport offers the tantalizing hope of Greek citizenship and the promise of an easier life for the children of African immigrants who were born or raised in Greece but whose presence in the country is in question But many of the budding basketball players believe that the huge obstacles that the Greek administration has placed in their path make it difficult to follow their role model Antetokounmpo and his rags to riches story Originally from Nigeria brothers David and Joshua Nnadi told AFP that their efforts to follow in the footsteps of Giannis and his brother Thanasis have been frustrated at all times Every year the school organizes a trip abroad Without the papers I can t leave the country said David 17 I don t understand the Antetokounmpos were like us today they receive all the glory and we receive nothing he lamented His playmate Tangu shares the sentiment of injustice They say that we all have the same rights but that is false he told AFP Giannis Antetokounmpo born in Athens to Nigerian parents is everywhere in the Greek capital gracing billboards and acting as a role model for aspiring basketball players of African descent A huge fresco on a basketball court shows Antetokounmpo 27 leaping with superhuman agility toward a basket soaring toward clouds and a Greek god His number 34 jersey sells for thousands in the alleys of downtown Dave Okonkwo also born in Greece to Nigerian parents aspires to follow Antetokounmpo s example and become a professional player I dream of meeting him learning from him Giannis has always been my idol said the 18 year old as he laced up his shoes on court Legal limbo Antetokounmpo s breakneck rise to international sports stardom had humble beginnings Penniless and without regular legal status in Greece his family survived on the earnings of odd jobs and informal trade Basketball gave the two eldest sons Thanasis and Giannis an escape from the precariousness of everyday life Scouts saw his talent and Giannis joined the prestigious North American NBA league with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013 Giannis sporting achievements made it easy for him to regularize his status in Greece where he gained citizenship at age 18 when he traveled to the United States The granting of Greek citizenship to these children of immigrants is not automatic and the criteria vary according to the age the situation of the parents and the education of the young people Administrative hurdles often leave young people in legal limbo especially when response times seem to drag on indefinitely Nikos Odubitan who founded the organization Generation 2 0 to help integrate and offer legal support to young people facing such difficulties said the bureaucratic delays exceed the deadlines stipulated by law The law says that the steps must be completed in six months Actually the average is more than four years and some people wait six to seven years he said Uncertainty prevents children from accessing free healthcare the organization added One Giannis does not make a summer Odubitan said Hard work and perseverance Okonkwo began playing basketball at age 11 at the AntetokounBros Academy an organization founded by the Antetokounmpo brothers to provide opportunities for underserved youth and enable them to change their lives through the power of sport It was also at the academy that budding basketball star Benjamin Tangu practiced his first dribbling after arriving in Greece at age 13 source He achieved it through work and perseverance Nothing is easy but you always have to follow your dreams added Okonkwo We always want to compare ourselves with Giannis but everyone follows his own path He did it Now it is our turn to be recognized
    Afro-Greeks struggle to emulate ‘idol’ Antetokounmpo
    Football2 months ago

    Afro-Greeks struggle to emulate ‘idol’ Antetokounmpo

    Young Athenians hone their shooting skills under the dazzling white lights of an outdoor basketball court, always dreaming of emulating local hero and global star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

    Sport offers the tantalizing hope of Greek citizenship — and the promise of an easier life — for the children of African immigrants who were born or raised in Greece but whose presence in the country is in question.

    But many of the budding basketball players believe that the huge obstacles that the Greek administration has placed in their path make it difficult to follow their role model, Antetokounmpo, and his rags-to-riches story.

    Originally from Nigeria, brothers David and Joshua Nnadi told AFP that their efforts to follow in the footsteps of Giannis and his brother Thanasis have been frustrated at all times.

    “Every year the school organizes a trip abroad.

    Without the papers I can't leave the country,” said David, 17.

    "I don't understand, the Antetokounmpos were like us.

    .

    .

    today they receive all the glory and we receive nothing," he lamented.

    His playmate Tangu shares the sentiment of injustice.

    "They say that we all have the same rights, but that is false," he told AFP.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo, born in Athens to Nigerian parents, is everywhere in the Greek capital, gracing billboards and acting as a role model for aspiring basketball players of African descent.

    A huge fresco on a basketball court shows Antetokounmpo, 27, leaping with superhuman agility toward a basket, soaring toward clouds and a Greek god.

    His number 34 jersey sells for thousands in the alleys of downtown.

    Dave Okonkwo, also born in Greece to Nigerian parents, aspires to follow Antetokounmpo's example and become a professional player.

    “I dream of meeting him, learning from him.

    Giannis has always been my idol,” said the 18-year-old, as he laced up his shoes on court.

    – Legal limbo – Antetokounmpo's breakneck rise to international sports stardom had humble beginnings.

    Penniless and without regular legal status in Greece, his family survived on the earnings of odd jobs and informal trade.

    Basketball gave the two eldest sons, Thanasis and Giannis, an escape from the precariousness of everyday life.

    Scouts saw his talent, and Giannis joined the prestigious North American NBA league with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013.

    Giannis' sporting achievements made it easy for him to regularize his status in Greece, where he gained citizenship at age 18.

    when he traveled to the United States.

    The granting of Greek citizenship to these children of immigrants is not automatic and the criteria vary according to the age, the situation of the parents and the education of the young people.

    Administrative hurdles often leave young people in legal limbo, especially when response times seem to drag on indefinitely.

    Nikos Odubitan, who founded the organization Generation 2.

    0 to help integrate and offer legal support to young people facing such difficulties, said the bureaucratic delays exceed the deadlines stipulated by law.

    “The law says that the steps must be completed in six months.

    Actually, the average is more than four years and some people wait six to seven years,” he said.

    Uncertainty prevents children from accessing free healthcare, the organization added.

    “One Giannis does not make a summer,” Odubitan said.

    – Hard work and perseverance – Okonkwo began playing basketball at age 11 at the AntetokounBros Academy, an organization founded by the Antetokounmpo brothers to provide opportunities for “underserved youth” and enable them to change their lives through the power of sport.

    It was also at the academy that budding basketball star Benjamin Tangu practiced his first dribbling, after arriving in Greece at age 13.

    source.

    “He achieved it through work and perseverance.

    Nothing is easy, but you always have to follow your dreams,” added Okonkwo.

    “We always want to compare ourselves with Giannis, but everyone follows his own path.

    He did it.

    Now it is our turn to be recognized.

  •   European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    Roundup: EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
      European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    Roundup: EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
    Foreign2 months ago

    Roundup: EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration

    - European Union (EU) interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy. but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports. .

    The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking, a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe's shores. Ultimately, France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so.

    Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe's borders illegally.

    The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe-bound migrants from poor and war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East. Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide, the devastating effects of climate change, and economic hardship.

    Margaritis Schinas, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs, said Friday's meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a "comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum".

    "We should work, not crisis by crisis or ship by ship, but in a single framework," he said on social media.

    According to Stefano Amadeo, a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy, reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27-nation bloc.

    “The European Commission is the only entity that can (take the initiative) working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so. But it will take time and (a lot) of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration. Amadeo said.

    He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration, launched in 2015, called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers, including Italy, Greece, Spain and Malta, and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests. for asylum have been processed.

    But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process, he said. "There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024," she said.

    In the meantime, the problem is likely to escalate. According to recent data from the European Commission, so far this year around 90,000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa, the majority landing in Italy and Malta.

    This number is below the average of 170,000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015, but it is still an increase of around 50% compared to the same period in 2021.

    With worsening political, economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East, the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
      European Union EU interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe s shores Ultimately France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe s borders illegally The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe bound migrants from poor and war torn countries in Africa and the Middle East Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide the devastating effects of climate change and economic hardship Margaritis Schinas vice president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs said Friday s meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum We should work not crisis by crisis or ship by ship but in a single framework he said on social media According to Stefano Amadeo a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27 nation bloc The European Commission is the only entity that can take the initiative working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so But it will take time and a lot of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration Amadeo said He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration launched in 2015 called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers including Italy Greece Spain and Malta and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests for asylum have been processed But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process he said There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024 she said In the meantime the problem is likely to escalate According to recent data from the European Commission so far this year around 90 000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa the majority landing in Italy and Malta This number is below the average of 170 000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015 but it is still an increase of around 50 compared to the same period in 2021 With worsening political economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years Xinhua
    EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration
    Foreign2 months ago

    EU ministers seek to reduce tension over migration

    - European Union (EU) interior ministers met in an extraordinary session in Brussels on Friday to discuss options to ease tension between Italy and France over the fate of illegal migrants who had been rescued at sea near Italy. but those who were not allowed to land in Italian ports. .

    The issue came to a head in early November when Italy turned back the Ocean Viking, a rescue ship carrying 234 African migrants who were saved from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe's shores. Ultimately, France accepted these immigrants but has criticized Italy for not doing so.

    Italy has recently toughened its stance on accepting migrants trying to cross Europe's borders illegally.

    The Ocean Viking case is the latest episode in a longstanding debate among EU countries over how to share the responsibility for handling Europe-bound migrants from poor and war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East. Most of these people decide to embark on a dangerous journey to Europe to avoid genocide, the devastating effects of climate change, and economic hardship.

    Margaritis Schinas, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for migration and security affairs, said Friday's meeting was aimed at helping member states work towards a "comprehensive structural European framework for migration and asylum".

    "We should work, not crisis by crisis or ship by ship, but in a single framework," he said on social media.

    According to Stefano Amadeo, a professor of European Union Law at the University of Trieste in Italy, reaching an agreement is one of the most difficult challenges facing the 27-nation bloc.

    “The European Commission is the only entity that can (take the initiative) working towards a unified response to this problem and it is doing so. But it will take time and (a lot) of effort to develop and finalize binding regulations on migration. Amadeo said.

    He pointed out that the European Agenda on Migration, launched in 2015, called for financial solidarity towards the border countries that receive the most asylum seekers, including Italy, Greece, Spain and Malta, and policies to facilitate the relocation of migrants throughout the EU once your requests. for asylum have been processed.

    But efforts to update those guidelines into binding rules applicable in all 27 member states have turned out to be a slow process, he said. "There is talk of concluding the review of existing standards by the end of the term of the current European Parliament in 2024," she said.

    In the meantime, the problem is likely to escalate. According to recent data from the European Commission, so far this year around 90,000 immigrants have arrived in Europe via the Central Mediterranean Route from Africa, the majority landing in Italy and Malta.

    This number is below the average of 170,000 immigrants per year who arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2015, but it is still an increase of around 50% compared to the same period in 2021.

    With worsening political, economic and climatic conditions in Africa and the Middle East, the consensus from media reports is that the number of people willing to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean will grow in the coming months and years. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   This week the European Commission EC the European Investment Bank EIB and the European Investment Fund EIF have adopted an investment tool of 26 2 billion euros 27 26 billion dollars The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment but not simply investments to disperse money to the market but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union said the vice rector of the European Commission said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens The program aims to unlock investments of more than 372 billion across Europe to support the EU s strategic priorities These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition In the context of the launch of InvestEU EIB Vice President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide 119 million in the form of a 25 year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece In addition a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund RRF investments in Greece to help small and medium sized companies in the country The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023 1 euro 1 04 USD Xinhua
    Greece adopts a European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros
      This week the European Commission EC the European Investment Bank EIB and the European Investment Fund EIF have adopted an investment tool of 26 2 billion euros 27 26 billion dollars The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment but not simply investments to disperse money to the market but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union said the vice rector of the European Commission said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens The program aims to unlock investments of more than 372 billion across Europe to support the EU s strategic priorities These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition In the context of the launch of InvestEU EIB Vice President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide 119 million in the form of a 25 year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece In addition a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund RRF investments in Greece to help small and medium sized companies in the country The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023 1 euro 1 04 USD Xinhua
    Greece adopts a European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros
    Foreign2 months ago

    Greece adopts a European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros

    - This week, the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have adopted an investment tool of 26.2 billion euros (27.26 billion dollars).

    The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday.

    “InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment, but not simply investments to disperse money to the market, but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union”, said the vice-rector. of the European Commission. said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens.

    The program aims to unlock investments of more than €372 billion across Europe, to support the EU's strategic priorities. These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition.

    In the context of the launch of InvestEU, EIB Vice-President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide €119 million in the form of a 25-year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece.

    In addition, a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF) investments in Greece, to help small and medium-sized companies in the country.

    The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023. (1 euro = 1.04 USD) ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   This week the European Commission EC the European Investment Bank EIB and the European Investment Fund EIF have adopted an investment tool of 26 2 billion euros 27 26 billion dollars The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment but not simply investments to disperse money to the market but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union said the vice rector of the European Commission said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens The program aims to unlock investments of more than 372 billion across Europe to support the EU s strategic priorities These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition In the context of the launch of InvestEU EIB Vice President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide 119 million in the form of a 25 year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece In addition a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund RRF investments in Greece to help small and medium sized companies in the country The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023 1 euro 1 04 USD Xinhua
    European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros adopted in Greece-
      This week the European Commission EC the European Investment Bank EIB and the European Investment Fund EIF have adopted an investment tool of 26 2 billion euros 27 26 billion dollars The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment but not simply investments to disperse money to the market but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union said the vice rector of the European Commission said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens The program aims to unlock investments of more than 372 billion across Europe to support the EU s strategic priorities These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition In the context of the launch of InvestEU EIB Vice President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide 119 million in the form of a 25 year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece In addition a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund RRF investments in Greece to help small and medium sized companies in the country The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023 1 euro 1 04 USD Xinhua
    European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros adopted in Greece-
    Foreign2 months ago

    European investment tool worth 26.2 billion euros adopted in Greece-

    - This week, the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have adopted an investment tool of 26.2 billion euros (27.26 billion dollars).

    The InvestEU program was signed in Athens on Thursday.

    “InvestEU is one of the main tools that we have in Europe to stimulate investment, but not simply investments to disperse money to the market, but investments focused on specific priorities that also define the new development model of the European Union”, said the vice-rector. of the European Commission. said President Margaritis Schinas in Athens.

    The program aims to unlock investments of more than €372 billion across Europe, to support the EU's strategic priorities. These include the European Green Deal and the digital transition.

    In the context of the launch of InvestEU, EIB Vice-President Christian Kettel Thomsen jointly signed an agreement with the Greek government to provide €119 million in the form of a 25-year loan for the expansion and modernization of six research centers in Greece.

    In addition, a new contractual framework was signed for the EIF to manage another 400 million euros of financial support from the Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRF) investments in Greece, to help small and medium-sized companies in the country.

    The first InvestEU projects in Greece are expected to be implemented in 2023. (1 euro = 1.04 USD) ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The domestic basket measure of lower priced staples launched by the Greek government in early November to cushion the impact of inflation has proven beneficial to consumers Development and Investment Minister Adonis said here Thursday Georgiadis Stable prices in an environment with an inflation rate of around 10 percent is already a very significant contribution he told reporters during a visit to a store of one of the supermarket chains participating in the initiative in downtown from Athens We said it would be a tough winter but we re doing everything we can to make it easier for the public he said Under an agreement with the government the main supermarket chains in Greece offer at least 51 essential products at low prices to meet the daily needs of citizens The home basket which is updated weekly includes everything from bread flour eggs meat fish spaghetti drinks dairy products toilet paper and baby formula to pet food The prices of the products included in the basket are lower than those that are not on the list Consumers can check these products and their prices in each supermarket on the ministry s website and identify them on supermarket shelves by a special label According to the ministry s website out of the 816 products included in the basket this week prices were reduced by 167 items increased by 60 and unchanged by 589 compared to the previous week while the overall decrease in prices prices was 18 1 percent The initiative which will run throughout the winter has unleashed competition with reduced or stable prices now also applied to items not included in the basket Georgiadis said 1 euro 1 04 US dollar Xinhua
    Greece’s ‘domestic basket’ of low-priced basics benefits consumers: minister-
      The domestic basket measure of lower priced staples launched by the Greek government in early November to cushion the impact of inflation has proven beneficial to consumers Development and Investment Minister Adonis said here Thursday Georgiadis Stable prices in an environment with an inflation rate of around 10 percent is already a very significant contribution he told reporters during a visit to a store of one of the supermarket chains participating in the initiative in downtown from Athens We said it would be a tough winter but we re doing everything we can to make it easier for the public he said Under an agreement with the government the main supermarket chains in Greece offer at least 51 essential products at low prices to meet the daily needs of citizens The home basket which is updated weekly includes everything from bread flour eggs meat fish spaghetti drinks dairy products toilet paper and baby formula to pet food The prices of the products included in the basket are lower than those that are not on the list Consumers can check these products and their prices in each supermarket on the ministry s website and identify them on supermarket shelves by a special label According to the ministry s website out of the 816 products included in the basket this week prices were reduced by 167 items increased by 60 and unchanged by 589 compared to the previous week while the overall decrease in prices prices was 18 1 percent The initiative which will run throughout the winter has unleashed competition with reduced or stable prices now also applied to items not included in the basket Georgiadis said 1 euro 1 04 US dollar Xinhua
    Greece’s ‘domestic basket’ of low-priced basics benefits consumers: minister-
    Foreign2 months ago

    Greece’s ‘domestic basket’ of low-priced basics benefits consumers: minister-

    - The "domestic basket" measure of lower-priced staples launched by the Greek government in early November to cushion the impact of inflation has proven beneficial to consumers, Development and Investment Minister Adonis said here Thursday. Georgiadis.

    "Stable prices in an environment with an inflation rate of around 10 percent is already a very significant contribution," he told reporters during a visit to a store of one of the supermarket chains participating in the initiative in downtown from Athens.

    "We said it would be a tough winter, but we're doing everything we can to make it easier for the public," he said.

    Under an agreement with the government, the main supermarket chains in Greece offer at least 51 essential products at low prices to meet the daily needs of citizens.

    The "home basket", which is updated weekly, includes everything from bread, flour, eggs, meat, fish, spaghetti, drinks, dairy products, toilet paper and baby formula to pet food.

    The prices of the products included in the basket are lower than those that are not on the list.

    Consumers can check these products and their prices in each supermarket on the ministry's website and identify them on supermarket shelves by a special label.

    According to the ministry's website, out of the 816 products included in the basket this week, prices were reduced by 167 items, increased by 60 and unchanged by 589 compared to the previous week, while the overall decrease in prices prices was 18.1 percent.

    The initiative, which will run throughout the winter, has unleashed competition, with reduced or stable prices now also applied to items not included in the basket, Georgiadis said. (1 euro = 1.04 US dollar) ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  A fishing boat believed to be carrying at least 430 migrants was safely towed to the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday after being dramatically rescued during near gale force winds the country s national news agency AMNA reported Local authorities non governmental organizations NGOs and volunteers moved to help the group which included many children according to the report Their nationalities have not been disclosed and no asylum seekers were reported missing Previous reports published by NAMA said that there were up to 500 people on board A full scale operation was carried out to rescue them as their vessel was adrift in winds greater than 7 on the Beaufort scale I will ask the European Commission to activate relocations to other European Union member states as part of EU solidarity Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi tweeted Greece has been at the center of Europe s refugee crisis since 2015 and the country has repeatedly called for more solidarity among EU member states in meeting the challenge Greece will continue to effectively protect its maritime borders which are the maritime borders of Europe saving lives and fighting against the deadly networks of shameless smugglers Greek Minister for Maritime Affairs and Island Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis said in a press release sent via email Xinhua
    Ship with 430 migrants on board docks in Crete after dramatic rescue-
     A fishing boat believed to be carrying at least 430 migrants was safely towed to the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday after being dramatically rescued during near gale force winds the country s national news agency AMNA reported Local authorities non governmental organizations NGOs and volunteers moved to help the group which included many children according to the report Their nationalities have not been disclosed and no asylum seekers were reported missing Previous reports published by NAMA said that there were up to 500 people on board A full scale operation was carried out to rescue them as their vessel was adrift in winds greater than 7 on the Beaufort scale I will ask the European Commission to activate relocations to other European Union member states as part of EU solidarity Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi tweeted Greece has been at the center of Europe s refugee crisis since 2015 and the country has repeatedly called for more solidarity among EU member states in meeting the challenge Greece will continue to effectively protect its maritime borders which are the maritime borders of Europe saving lives and fighting against the deadly networks of shameless smugglers Greek Minister for Maritime Affairs and Island Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis said in a press release sent via email Xinhua
    Ship with 430 migrants on board docks in Crete after dramatic rescue-
    Foreign2 months ago

    Ship with 430 migrants on board docks in Crete after dramatic rescue-

    A fishing boat believed to be carrying at least 430 migrants was safely towed to the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday after being dramatically rescued during near-gale force winds, the country's national news agency AMNA reported.

    Local authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and volunteers moved to help the group, which included many children, according to the report.

    Their nationalities have not been disclosed and no asylum seekers were reported missing. Previous reports published by NAMA said that there were up to 500 people on board.

    A full-scale operation was carried out to rescue them, as their vessel was adrift in winds greater than 7 on the Beaufort scale.

    "I will ask the European Commission to activate relocations to other (European Union) member states as part of EU solidarity," Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi tweeted.

    Greece has been at the center of Europe's refugee crisis since 2015, and the country has repeatedly called for more solidarity among EU member states in meeting the challenge.

    "Greece will continue to effectively protect its maritime borders, which are the maritime borders of Europe, saving lives and fighting against the deadly networks of shameless smugglers," Greek Minister for Maritime Affairs and Island Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis said in a press release sent via email. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •  Greece launched a large scale rescue operation off the southwestern coast of the island of Crete when a boat carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees was adrift in rough seas the national news agency NAMA reported on Tuesday Approximately 500 people were on board the ship according to passengers who called for help via the European call number 112 according to the report Strong winds of up to 7 on the Beaufort scale were blowing in the area as two Italian freighters an oil tanker and two fishing vessels were involved in the search according to AMNA Xinhua
    Ongoing rescue operation for hundreds of migrants in rough seas off Greek island-
     Greece launched a large scale rescue operation off the southwestern coast of the island of Crete when a boat carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees was adrift in rough seas the national news agency NAMA reported on Tuesday Approximately 500 people were on board the ship according to passengers who called for help via the European call number 112 according to the report Strong winds of up to 7 on the Beaufort scale were blowing in the area as two Italian freighters an oil tanker and two fishing vessels were involved in the search according to AMNA Xinhua
    Ongoing rescue operation for hundreds of migrants in rough seas off Greek island-
    Foreign2 months ago

    Ongoing rescue operation for hundreds of migrants in rough seas off Greek island-

    Greece launched a large-scale rescue operation off the southwestern coast of the island of Crete when a boat carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees was adrift in rough seas, the national news agency NAMA reported on Tuesday.

    Approximately 500 people were on board the ship, according to passengers who called for help via the European call number 112, according to the report.

    Strong winds of up to 7 on the Beaufort scale were blowing in the area as two Italian freighters, an oil tanker and two fishing vessels were involved in the search, according to AMNA. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   Greece s coastguard on Tuesday was rescuing a fishing boat with up to 500 migrants onboard in strong winds southwest of Crete a spokeswoman told AFP The distress call said there are 400 500 people on board a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP adding that the operation was hampered by near gale force winds They can see the boat it s adrift there is a large number of people on board she added The coastguard said it had received the distress call shortly after midnight on Monday Two nearby cargo ships a tanker and two Italian fishing boats were lending assistance it said Because of bolstered patrols by the Greek coastguard and EU border agency Frontex in the Aegean Sea migrant smugglers are increasingly employing the longer and more perilous route south of Crete Greek officials say Eighty percent of flows from Turkey go straight to Italy Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi told Skai TV last week Last month one of the sailboats believed to have 95 people on board sank at the island of Kythira south of the Peloponnese peninsula The boat went down beneath a huge vertical cliff At least eight people died and survivors mainly from Iraq Iran and Afghanistan were hauled to safety with ropes and a construction crane in a frantic pre dawn operation Greece Italy and Spain are among the countries used by people fleeing Africa and the Middle East in search of safety and better lives in the European Union The Greek coastguard has said it has rescued about 1 500 people in the first eight months of the year compared with less than 600 last year The International Organization for Migration has recorded nearly 2 000 migrants killed and missing in the Mediterranean Sea this year
    Greece rescuing hundreds of migrants in strong winds off Crete
      Greece s coastguard on Tuesday was rescuing a fishing boat with up to 500 migrants onboard in strong winds southwest of Crete a spokeswoman told AFP The distress call said there are 400 500 people on board a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP adding that the operation was hampered by near gale force winds They can see the boat it s adrift there is a large number of people on board she added The coastguard said it had received the distress call shortly after midnight on Monday Two nearby cargo ships a tanker and two Italian fishing boats were lending assistance it said Because of bolstered patrols by the Greek coastguard and EU border agency Frontex in the Aegean Sea migrant smugglers are increasingly employing the longer and more perilous route south of Crete Greek officials say Eighty percent of flows from Turkey go straight to Italy Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi told Skai TV last week Last month one of the sailboats believed to have 95 people on board sank at the island of Kythira south of the Peloponnese peninsula The boat went down beneath a huge vertical cliff At least eight people died and survivors mainly from Iraq Iran and Afghanistan were hauled to safety with ropes and a construction crane in a frantic pre dawn operation Greece Italy and Spain are among the countries used by people fleeing Africa and the Middle East in search of safety and better lives in the European Union The Greek coastguard has said it has rescued about 1 500 people in the first eight months of the year compared with less than 600 last year The International Organization for Migration has recorded nearly 2 000 migrants killed and missing in the Mediterranean Sea this year
    Greece rescuing hundreds of migrants in strong winds off Crete
    Foreign2 months ago

    Greece rescuing hundreds of migrants in strong winds off Crete

    Greece’s coastguard on Tuesday was rescuing a fishing boat with up to 500 migrants onboard in strong winds southwest of Crete, a spokeswoman told AFP.

    “The distress call said there are 400-500 people on board,” a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP, adding that the operation was hampered by near gale-force winds.

    “They can see the boat, it’s adrift, there is a large number of people on board,” she added.

    The coastguard said it had received the distress call shortly after midnight on Monday.

    Two nearby cargo ships, a tanker and two Italian fishing boats were lending assistance, it said.

    Because of bolstered patrols by the Greek coastguard and EU border agency Frontex in the Aegean Sea, migrant smugglers are increasingly employing the longer and more perilous route south of Crete, Greek officials say.

    “Eighty percent of flows from Turkey go straight to Italy,” Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi told Skai TV last week.

    Last month, one of the sailboats believed to have 95 people on board sank at the island of Kythira, south of the Peloponnese peninsula.

    The boat went down beneath a huge vertical cliff.

    At least eight people died and survivors — mainly from Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan — were hauled to safety with ropes and a construction crane in a frantic pre-dawn operation.

    Greece, Italy and Spain are among the countries used by people fleeing Africa and the Middle East in search of safety and better lives in the European Union.

    The Greek coastguard has said it has rescued about 1,500 people in the first eight months of the year, compared with less than 600 last year.

    The International Organization for Migration has recorded nearly 2,000 migrants killed and missing in the Mediterranean Sea this year.

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