Lesvos petrified forest yields more surprises

A fossilized tree trunk is unearthed on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, in a photograph released on Friday. Archaeologists excavating the eastern Aegean island's petrified forest on Thursday discovered 50 new tree trunks that had been buried for thousands of years under volcanic ash and debris. [Stratis Balaskas/ANA-MPA]

Mitsotakis pledges to move fast with creation of permanent migrant centre in Lesvos

The Greek government will move swiftly with a tender for the construction of a new up-to-standard center for the reception and identification of migrants on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday.

UNHCR calls for safe solutions to migration after new death off Lesvos

The UNHCR called for a comprehensive response to migration after a woman died after falling out of an inflatable dinghy carrying Somali migrants off the coast of Lesvos on Friday.

"For people to stop risking their lives on these dangerous journeys, they need safe and regulated alternatives," UNHCR said in a press release.

One dead in incident involving migrant boat off Greek island

One woman died and another two were rescued from the sea off the eastern Greek island of Lesvos Friday, in an incident involving an inflatable dinghy carrying Somali migrants.

Greece's coast guard said 24 migrants who were located safe on shore early Friday told authorities that three women in their party had fallen into the sea as the boat approached Lesbos, and were still missing.

Greece says Turkish ‘student visa’ loophole used for trafficking

Greece urged Turkey on Tuesday to do more to thwart irregular crossings of migrants into its territory, saying recent arrivals, particularly from Somalia, appeared to be coordinated.

More than half of arrivals on the Greek island of Lesvos from November 1 were from Somalia, whose nationals crossed from Turkey, Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis told a news briefing.