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# lesbos

Last month
February 2023
'Borders must be managed': How Ireland and the EU are reacting to Europe's latest migrant crisis
A report by
Stephen McDermott
Tensions abound across the continent about how to manage an upsurge in refugees.
Problems managing an upsurge in refugee arrivals are facing European leaders as a whole.
NGOs say that no amount of tough rhetoric or measures will stop people from seeking refuge on the continent.
This year
# sean binder
All misdemeanour charges against Irishman Seán Binder in Greece dropped
Indictments were thrown out this morning following a recommendation from the prosecutor.
All misdemeanour charges against Irishman Seán Binder have been thrown out by a Greek court following a recommendation from the prosecutor.
However he still faces felony investigation for charges that carry prison sentences of up to 25 years.
# Explainer
Explainer: Why have Greece brought a case against Seán Binder and 23 other volunteers?
The case is before the Greek courts this week.
The case is before the Greek courts on the island of Lesbos this week.
The 24 co-accused could face lengthy jail terms if they are found guilty of charges including espionage and criminal membership.
The trial comes after the country's conservative government has vowed to make Greece "less attractive" to migrants.
# sean binder
Greek judge to rule on Friday whether to drop charges against Irish man accused of people smuggling
Seán Binder was arrested on the island of Lesbos in 2018.
# sean binder
'It seems dramatic; most of the time I did f**k all': Kerryman on migrant smuggling trial in Greece
Sean Binder faces trial in Greece this week.
Last year
Two-month-old baby dies in migrant shipwreck off Lesbos
The baby boy was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
# Wildfires
Hotels and homes evacuated as Greece battles four major wildfires
More than 450 people were evacuated at the Vatera holiday resort on Lesbos.
All time
# Greece
Pope calls Europe's neglect of migrants 'the shipwreck of civilisation' during Lesbos visit
The pontiff said Europe was “torn by nationalist egoism”.
# Greece
Eleven families arrive in Ireland from Moria refugee camp in Lesbos
Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said their arrival had taken ‘longer than hoped’ due to Covid-19.
# moria
Ireland to resettle 50 people from fire-ravaged Greek refugee camp
Justice Minister Helen McEntee said today that Ireland will welcome refugee families from Greece under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.
# moria
Thousands sleep outside after Greek refugee camp burns down
Greek authorities have said the fires on Tuesday and Wednesday evening were deliberately set by some of the camp’s residents.
# lesbos
Greece's largest refugee camp destroyed by second fire in a week
The blaze means thousands more refugees are in need of emergency housing.
# moria
Thousands forced to flee after fire sweeps through Greece's largest refugee camp
A state of emergency is set to be declared on the island.
# lesbos
Greece says it wants to begin returning 10,000 migrants after deadly fire sparks riots
A deadly fire led to riots in a camp on the island of Lesbos.
# clowns without borders
'The power of laughter can't be underestimated': Irish clowns performing for refugee children in Greece
The show has been developed to help children who are suffering from trauma.
# lesbos
Cork man accused of helping migrants into Greece detained for 'at least' another 40 days
Seán Binder was volunteering with an NGO when he was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and being a member of a criminal organisation.
# migrant deaths
Greek police probe string of deaths in migrant camp
Police are investigating the deaths of three migrants in six days.
# migrant crisis
Refugees taken in by the Pope hail the pontiff as a "saviour"
Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos yesterday.
# greek visit
The Pope has taken in three refugee families
“The pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees,” the Vatican said.
# Controversial
Pictures: More than 100 migrants have been sent back to Turkey
Yesterday saw the second wave of deportations.
# Greece
Second batch of migrants sent back to Turkey
The 45 migrants were all Pakistani nationals.
# lesbos
33 people, including five children, have drowned trying to reach Greece
So far this year, 218 people have died as they attempted to make the crossing from Turkey to Greece.
# R.I.P.
There is no room to bury people shipwrecked off Greece as crossing numbers continue to rise
United Nations figures show that more than 218,000 migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in October.
# Tragic
One-year-old baby dies on migrant boat bound for Greece
The boat began sinking during the night according to the Greek ministry of shipping.
# unknown
In a remote Greek cemetery, a nameless dead child with no-one to claim her
All that is known of the little girl is that she was seven, and that she died in search of a better future.
# refugee crisis
US commits to taking in 100,000 refugees in 2017
Meanwhile, at least 13 migrants including six children died off the coast of Turkey earlier today.
# arduous journey
The many different routes that migrants are taking to reach western Europe...
Migrants are travelling huge distances even before they reach the Mediterranean and the harrowing voyage across.
# lesbos
'We want to help them but we can’t': Tourist hub Greek island is at breaking point
The country is dealing with its own economic struggles as thousands of migrants arrive in the country.