Lesbos - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Lesbos


3 babies among 6 dead after boat sinks off Turkey coast

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:39 PM

The boat was illegally on its way to Lesbos when it sank off Ciplak island overnight

EU-Turkey migrant deal turned Greek islands into 'prisons'

Mar 19, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Thousands of people remain stranded in Greece a year after the European Union and Turkey signed a landmark agreement to reduce migrant flows

A photo taken on March 16, 2017 shows a view of the Moria migrant camp on the island of Lesbos.  The EU-Turkey deal, signed on March 18, 2016, has sought to stem the flow of migrants from Turkey to the EU, in particular Greece, by land and sea routes. The EU expects Turkey to honour a key migrant return accord which Ankara has threatened to ditch amid a bitter dispute with the bloc, a European Commission spokesman said on March 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Migrants clash with police, torch Greek camp offices

Oct 24, 2016 - 8:47 PM

The incident takes place at the Moria camp one of 5 centers on Greek Aegean islands which have borne the brunt of Europe s migrant crisis

DESTROYED. This picture taken on October 24, 2016, shows containers used as an office by asylum officials destroyed by a fire in the Moria hotspot on the island of Lesbos. Photo by AFP.

Migrants hurt, tents torched in Lesbos brawl

Jun 02, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Rival groups of Afghans and Pakistanis battle each other with clubs and stones

Volunteers help an injured migrant, following overnight clashes between migrants at the Moria migrant detention camp on the island of Lesbos, early on June 2, 2016. Over a dozen migrants were hurt on June 2 in a brawl in the main detention camp on the Greek island of Lesbos that also saw nearly 30 tents torched. Hundreds of people -- mainly families with children -- were evacuated from the camp during the night as rival groups of Afghans and Pakistanis went at each other with clubs and stones. There were nearly 3,000 people in the Moria camp ahead of the clash, most of them asylum applicants trying to avoid deportation to Turkey under an EU deal that went into effect in March.  / AFP PHOTO / STR

'There was such suffering': Pope Francis on meeting with migrants

Apr 18, 2016 - 1:06 AM

There were so many children Some of these children witnessed their parents and friends dying drowned at sea says the pontiff

Pope Francis hugs a child at the Moria detention center in Mytilene on April 16, 2016.  Pope Francis received an emotional welcome today on the Greek island of Lesbos during a visit aimed at showing solidarity with migrants fleeing war and poverty. Pope Francis, Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Jerome visit Lesbos today to turn the spotlight on Europe's controversial deal with Turkey to end an unprecedented refugee crisis. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

Pope brings 12 Syrian refugees to Rome after visit to migrant hotspot

Apr 16, 2016 - 11:48 PM

UPDATED The pope tells reporters that his gesture is a drop in the ocean but hopes that afterwards the ocean will never be the same again

HIS HOLINESS. Pope Francis arrives at the camp for refugees in Moria, Lesbos island, Greece, 16 April 2016, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe's migration crisis. Photo by Orestis Panagiotou / EPA

Bernie Sanders meets privately with Pope Francis – reports

Apr 16, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Sanders speaks to Pope Francis just before the pontiff traveled to meet migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos the frontline island in Europe s migration crisis

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Pope brings hope to migrants, chastises leaders in Lesbos visit

Apr 16, 2016 - 6:42 PM

UPDATED Pope Francis begins his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos whose goal he says is to show closeness and solidarity with the refugees

epa05261348 Pope Francis (C) arrives at a camp for refugees in Moria and greets refugee children, on Lesvos (Lesbos) island, Greece, 16 April 2016. Pope Francis visits the Greek island of Lesbos, accompanied by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, on 16 April, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe's migration crisis. EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

Pope Francis arrives on Greek island to meet with refugees

Apr 16, 2016 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis arrives in Lesbos for a visit framed as an awareness raising exercise trip whose purpose his spokesman insists is strictly humanitarian and ecumenical not political

POPE'S VISIT. A general view over the hotspot refugee camp, formerly a detention center, in Moria, Lesbos island, Greece, April 5, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

MSF pulls out of Lesbos hot spot as aid groups slam migrant deal

Mar 24, 2016 - 9:01 AM

The move comes a day after the UN refugee agency UNHCR said it had suspended some activities in Greece saying reception centers had become detention facilities

REFUGEES IN LESBOS. A refugee family after they arrived on a boat from Turkey on the Greek island of Lesbos, near the port city of Mytilene, Greece, March 9, 2016. File photo by Kay Nietfeld/EPA

EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:14 AM

4th UPDATE Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA

17 children die as refugees brave stormy seas to reach Europe

Oct 30, 2015 - 10:20 PM

At least 17 children drowned after 3 boats sink en route from Turkey to Greece in the latest tragedy to strike migrants braving wintry seas to seek asylum in Europe

SAVED. Syrian Kurdish refugees are rescued by Greek fishermen as the boat they had boarded sinks off the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 30, 2015. Photo by Aris Messinis / AFP

Migrant crisis debris: Greek island battles lifejacket mountain

Oct 04, 2015 - 11:36 AM

What to do with the vast heaps of lifejackets and inflatable boats left behind by the arrivals?

A young girl walks on the shore near orange life jackets and a deflated dinghy as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 3, 2015. Photo by Aris Messinis/ AFP

Eastern European countries reject migrant quotas

Sep 11, 2015 - 8:38 PM

UPDATED The UN s refugee agency welcomes the EU plan to distribute refugees but says more is needed to relieve pressure on frontline states

REFUGEES FLEE CONFLICT. Migrants, mainly from Syria and Iraq, seen walking at the E45 freeway near Kliplev, Denmark, September 9, 2015. Photo by Benjamin Nolte/EPA

EU divided as record wave of refugees stream into bloc

Sep 11, 2015 - 10:37 AM

The European Union is bitterly divided over how to cope with the biggest migrant crisis since World War II with some countries on the bloc s borders hardening their stance while others in Western Europe have opened their doors