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Draft legislation on speeding up asylum process put to public consultation

New legislation drafted by the Citizens' Protection Ministry aimed at speeding up asylum applications and intensifying the pace of returns and deportations in a bid to reduce the number of migrants and refugees trapped in Greece by lengthy bureaucratic procedures was put up for public consultation on Wednesday.

Greek authorities evacuate island migrant camp after fire

Greek authorities were evacuating an overcrowded camp for asylum-seekers on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, where a large fire broke out following clashes between residents.

Police said no injuries have been reported from Monday's fire at the Vathy camp, where more than 6,000 migrants and refugees live in facilities designed for a few hundred people.

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