A major anniversary like the one Greece is celebrating this year is an opportunity to ponder the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.


A national mechanism for the detection and protection of unaccompanied children who are on the road or living in precarious conditions will be launched in the coming days.

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As Greek authorities continue efforts to ease pressure on overcrowded migrant camps on the Aegean islands, 115 refugees whose have been granted asylum were due to leave Lesvos on Tuesday for the mainland.

In this photo provided by the Hellenic Coast Guard and taken from a vessel shows a dinghy with migrants, left, with Turkish ships in the background, in the narrow stretch of water between the eastern Greek island of Lesvos and the Turkish coast on Friday. [Hellenic Coast Guard via AP]

Greece is reporting a series of incidents with Turkey’s coast guard in the narrow stretch of water between the eastern Greek island of Lesvos and the Turkish coast, at a time of generally testy relations between the two neighbors and NATO allies.

European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, left, speaks with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, during their meeting in Athens, on Tuesday, March 30. [Petros Giannakouris/AP]

The European Union’s home affairs commissioner was meeting Tuesday with Greece’s prime minister and foreign minister, a day after touring two of the eastern islands in the Aegean Sea most heavily affected by migration into Europe.


Ylva Johansson, the EU home affairs commissioner, visited Lesvos and Samos on Monday to announce that the EU would provide €250m of funding for five new refugee and migrant camps on Greece’s Aegean islands. Katy Fallon joins The Greek Current with a report from Lesvos.

Refugees and migrants stand next to a tent in the Mavrovouni camp on the Greek island of Lesvos, on Monday. [Reuters]

The European Union’s home affairs commissioner on Monday stressed the need for solidarity among the bloc’s member states in tackling migration and called on Turkey to resume accepting the return of people whose asylum applications are rejected in Greece after arriving from Turkish territory.


Migrants and refugees in Greece’s camps will start being vaccinated in May, Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said in an interview with state-run news agency ANA on Sunday, adding that “he sees no reason” to do it earlier.