Greece will shut down overcrowded refugee camps on its outlying islands and replace them with more restrictive holding centers, authorities said on Wednesday.
Living conditions for thousands of people in camps on five Aegean islands have been decried by aid groups as appalling. The country is currently struggling with a resurgence in migrant and refugee arrivals.
The main priority of new European Commission will be the urgent agreement on a sustainable, coherent and integrated European refugee and migration policy, the European Commissioner-designate in charge of Protecting our European way of life, Margaritas Schinas, said in a pre-recorded message for the 2019 Thessaloniki Summit on Thursday.
Authorities in Turkey have stopped a truck carrying 82 migrants traveling to Europe, according to the Euronews.
Police have released a video showing people getting off the trailer near the town of Ayvacik.
According to the IHA news agency, the detainees were Afghans trying to reach Europe, hoping to travel to Europe by sea.
Greece is facing an "asymmetrical threat" from Turkey vis-a-vis the refugee and migration crisis, and the European union is "incapable and unwilling" to deal with the issue, except "superficially, putting money into it," the honorary chief of the Greek armed forces, Konstantinos Ginis, told Skai on Tuesday.
It increases the number of people who will have to undergo border admissibility procedures before they can submit a proper asylum request. Even unaccompanied children and other vulnerable asylum seekers could be examined in future under accelerated procedures; PTSD is scrapped from the list of conditions that entitle applicants to obtain vulnerable status.