If it weren't for memories of some of the darker pages of the country's history, settling Greece's uninhabited islands with the refugees who land on our shores would not seem like such a bad idea. It's not as if we look after these islands anyway, even though they are a part of Greece's territory and could become productive under certain conditions.
EU-backed repatriations program aim to ease pressure on islands Migration Policy Minister Notis Mitarakis and European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson on Thursday jointly announced the establishment of a European Union-backed program for the repatriation of 5,000 migrants from Greece to their home countries.
A pair of Turkish fighter jets violated Greek air space on Thursday, according to the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (GEETHA), flying over the small island of Strongyli in the southern Aegean.
The two Turkish F-16s entered the Athens Flight Information Region without first submitting a flight plan and flew over Strongyli at 24,000 feet at 2.33 p.m., GEETHA said.