Refugee camp

Bosnia’s Troubled Lipa Camp Set Alight on Closure Day

The troubled Lipa migrant and refugee camp near Bihac in northwest Bosnia was set on fire on Wednesday as it was due to close.

The camp has been at the centre of a battle between the local authorities and the International Organization for Migration, IOM, which has long threatened to close the camp if the authorities do not improve winter conditions.

Quarantine ends for Nea Kavala refugee camp, extended in other facilities

Greek authorities ended a quarantine imposed on a refugee camp in Nea Kavala, northern Greece, after the tests conducted on a suspected coronavirus case and 350 other residents came back negative.

The quarantine was imposed after a woman in the facility reportedly tested positive for the virus.

Refugee camp in northern Greece quarantined after Covid-19 infection

A refugee camp in Nea Kavala was quarantined by health authorities on Thursday after a pregnant woman tested positive for Covid-19, according to reports in local media.

Teams from the National Organization for Public Health (EODY), along with the Health Ministry's infectious disease expert Sotiris Tsiodras, are at the camp testing all residents.

More than 2,300 refugees to be transferred to mainland after Easter

Greek authorities will begin the gradual transfer of 2,380 asylum seekers and their families from island camps to accommodation facilities on the mainland after Orthodox Easter (April 19), the country's Migration Ministry said Thursday.

The move, which will take place over two weeks, aims to reduce the risk of refugees being infected by the coronavirus.

More than 1,600 unaccompanied minor migrants to be relocated to EU countries.

A plan is under way to relocate at least 1,600 unaccompanied minors from Greek refugee camps to several European Unon countries, European Commission spokesman Jahnz Adalbert has said.

The relocation was decided on March 6 but has been delayed by the spread of the coronavirus. 

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