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  • What is the EU Relocation Scheme and why does it exist?

    According to the Dublin Regulation (which first came into force in 1997 and was altered in 2003 and 2013), asylum seekers have to go through the process of applying for asylum in the first EU country they enter. While this may not have seemed such a bad idea in...
  • Forgotten in Idomeni

    Tear gas. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Stun grenades. Helicopters. Army tanks. What should have set the scene for a war film was used against men, women and children gathered on the edge of Europe, desperate for a life without violence. When I arrived at Idomeni on Sunday, I could...
  • Is the Migration Crisis in Europe an Asymmetric Threat?

    The current migration crisis in the European Union triggered a security-oriented response instead of a state sponsored humanitarian program to deliver temporary shelter, food and basic health care while looking for a political solution to implement existing asylum and return policies and laws. During 2015, we witnessed policies aimed...
  • The Shame of Europe

    As the sun sets on the island of Lesvos, my heavy heart sinks along with it. These have been days of many devastating blows. The controversial EU-Turkey deal turned the most vulnerable among us into pawns in a political game. Under this legislation, all refugees arriving in Greece will be put...
  • Voluntary Health Clinics in Greece

    It is in times of crisis and social turbulence that the need for volunteering most arises. The current situation in Greece has contributed to one of those times when the presence of humanitarian aid has developed into a network of volunteers who value the human factor. The network referred...
  • The Challenge of Fourfouras

    A few years ago three young teachers met at a remote area on the island of Crete in Greece in order to teach. Angelos Patsias, John Manolakakis and Yuli Bosdelekidou, had been appointed at the primary school of Fourfouras, a mountainous village located at an altitude of 460 metres...
  • How to Live to Be 100

    There is a little island in the Mediterranean sea, in northeast Greece, called Ikaria. The people living there have their own pace of life and living norms, most of which have somehow survived to the present day: in times of war, hardship, deprivation or in times of bliss, these...