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ELSTAT – Risk of poverty for almost 1 in 2 people living in Greece

The population at risk of poverty or social exclusion rose to 28.9% of the country's population (3,043,869 people) in 2020, showing a decrease compared to 2019 by 1.1 percentage points (3,161,936 people corresponding to 30, 0% of the population), according to the latest data of the Income and Living Conditions Survey of Households 2020 of the Hellenic Statistical Authority.

Middle class, youth a key focus in SYRIZA’s programme Tsipras declares

By George Gilson

SYRIZA's economic policy as regards bolstering the middle class, youth and pensioners was the central topic at SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras no-hold-barred televised news conference today at the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (TIF), where the underlying message was that his party is ready to rule and create a "progressive government".

Greece’s Harder Stance on Refugees Slated by Rights NGOs

While Greece turns to increased surveillance and more border patrols on its land and sea borders with Turkey to meet an anticipated new wave of refugees from Afghanistan, following the withdrawal of US troops and that country's fall to the Taliban, human rights experts have criticized well documented reports of violent pushbacks.

Greece Needs More Help from EU on Migrant Issues

Greece needs more EU help on migrant issues in order to be able to stop a potential wave of Afghan asylum-seekers fleeing Taliban rule, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday. "I will say it again: we cannot have European countries who believe that Greece should resolve this problem alone," he told a news conference.

Bulgaria Ranks First in COVID Mortality in Europe

Bulgaria ranks first in Europe in mortality with COVID-19, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. It is as of Thursday (September 2), and mortality is measured as the number of deaths infected with coronavirus per 1 million people in two weeks.

Turkey rescues 172 asylum seekers in Aegean Sea

The Turkish Coast Guard rescued a total of 172 asylum seekers off İzmir province since Aug. 30. 


On Aug. 29, 72 asylum seekers were rescued near Menderes district in İzmir after being pushed back by Greek coastal authorities.