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Stories about Greece

19 June 2016

Muslim Refugees Stuck in Greece Miss Home More Than Ever During Ramadan

The Greek government is making an effort to support Muslim refugees during Ramadan, but for those stuck in limbo the holiday is also a painful reminder of better days.

15 June 2016

Russia-Trained Civil Militias Along Bulgaria's Borders Are ‘Ready for War With Refugees’

The Bridge

The civilian militias hunting refugees along the country's borders are a major manifestation of the rising tide of xenophobia in Bulgaria. Yet the authorities are mostly silent on the issue.

14 June 2016

A Joint Photo Exhibition Between Greece and Turkey Brings These Neighbors Closer Together

They believe that peace and friendship is the best way to overcome problems and that art, especially photography, is a medium that can bring people closer together.

10 June 2016

For One Syrian Refugee, the Boat Crossing to Greece ‘Seemed Like an Endless Journey’

The Bridge

"The idea of a safe trip...was just a lie that we used to comfort ourselves. I knew that all of them were liars, getting rich in the trade of humans."

14 May 2016

For Long-Suffering Refugees, a Three-Star Respite in Athens

It's been a long, dangerous journey, so Ali Jaffari first thought it was a scam when a Greek friend offered his family a room at a three-star hotel in Athens.

5 April 2016

As Deportations Begin, Portuguese Continue Speaking Out Against European Union-Turkey Deal

"It's time to stop this! We should make the difference for these innocent people."

2 April 2016

An Iraqi Translator for the US Military Is Now Stuck in Greece

The European Union is preparing to send thousands of asylum seekers back to Turkey. One of them is a man who worked with the US military in Iraq.

23 February 2016

Unexpected Border Closure Leaves Thousands of Afghan Refugees Stranded in Greece

In Idomeni, a small village next to the Greek-Macedonian border, the only hope seems to be a passport.

29 January 2016

Grandma March Day, the Balkan Tradition of Exchanging Handmade Amulets

Balkan countries have joined forces to preserve the custom and push for its inclusion on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage.

25 January 2016

Old Postcards Reveal Forgotten World War I Memories in Macedonia

Made between 1914 and 1918, these photos not only document military aspects of World War I, but also provide views of places and people caught within its maelstrom.

6 December 2015

Pakistan's Tougher Migration Policy Sends Unverified Deportees Back to Greece

Greece deported 49 people to Pakistan and Pakistan has sent back 30 of them, as the two countries find themselves on opposite ends of an ever-worsening refugee crisis.

23 November 2015

Greece's Opposition Party Loses Its Own Election

Greek netizens mock the country's chief opposition party, New Democracy, for failing to hold internal party elections, leading to a fiasco with hilarious online reactions.

8 November 2015

Impact Lesvos is on a Mission to Help Refugees Arriving in Greece

Four young women are planning to make their way to Lesvos, Greece, to help refugees as they land in Europe. Find out why and how you can help.

21 October 2015

Two Sides of the Reality: A Summer Lesson in Chios Island

The Bridge

For residents of the Greek island of Chios, the past summer brought a lesson that "will continue. . . as long as the misery inside and outside our country persists."

18 October 2015

He Crossed Nine Countries to Flee War—and He Was Just 12 Years Old

Gulwari Passarlay was only 12 when his mother sent him away from Afghanistan because she feared for his safety in the UK. He's written a book about his journey.

28 September 2015

Spartathlon, Where the Noble Spirit of Athleticism Humbly Prevails

Once a year, long-distance athletes from all over the world run 246 kilometers from Athens to Sparta, participating in what is considered the world's "most grueling race"—the Spartathlon.

By Land or By Sea? Refugees Trying to Leave Turkey Face Tough Decisions

As Turkey and its neighbors consider how to handle the millions of refugees looking for homes, Iraqi refugee Amer Mohammad camps outside an Istanbul bus station, waiting to travel.

27 September 2015

Greece’s Latest Transport Deputy Minister Was Too Racist, Homophobic, and Anti-Semitic to Keep His Job

The reason for the sudden ouster were revelations that, over the past two years, Kammenos published on a now-deactivated Twitter account, @portaporta ("door-to-door"), several racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic remarks.

13 September 2015

Remembering the Great Fire of Smyrna, 93 Years Ago

The Smyrna Catastrophe is widely considered the worst incident of modern Greek history, and the plight of the refugees halted the Greco-Turkish relations for many decades.

4 September 2015

GV Face: How Volunteers in Europe Are Opening Their Hearts and Homes to Refugees

GV Face

As governments are struggling to address the growing refugee crisis in Europe, ordinary citizens in Greece, Germany, and Hungary are organizing and even offering their homes to help refugees.

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