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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-11-09

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] ΝΑΜ organising 'treasure hunt' in Athens on Sunday, for 150th anniversary
  • [02] Over 5,300 migrants returned voluntarily to their countries in 2016, IOM reports

  • [01] ΝΑΜ organising 'treasure hunt' in Athens on Sunday, for 150th anniversary

    Greece's National Archaeological Museum and the Atenistas community have got together to organise an "archaeological treasure hunt" that will take place in Athens this Sunday, as part of a year of events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the museum's foundation.

    The activity begins in the city centre on Sunday morning at 11:00, at the Old Parliament building on the corner of Stadiou and Kolokotroni streets near Syntagma, and is scheduled to continue until 16:00. All those wishing to take part in this alternative exploration of the city centre can obtain the map showing the 12 points along the route between 11:00 and 14:00, in order to start their "hunt".

    The map will provide information about artifacts discovered in each location and what each area was like in antiquity, as well as outlining how the items were later discovered. Participants in the treasure hunt that collect all 12 stickers along its route can then visit the museum free of charge between 12:00 and 16:00.

    The "archaeological treasure hunt" will continue inside the NAM galleries, with a "close encounters" introduction to the 12 antiquities 'discovered' along the route and meetings with museum archaeologists. The first 60 people that reach the museum with all the stickers collected will also win copies of NAM publications.

    Athens is a modern metropolis but also a city steeped in history. As well as the better-known archaeological sites, its streets contain lesser known surprises and secrets, where antiquities have come to light in unexpected places and are now preserved in the NAM. The treasure hunt reveals many of these hidden spots and gives us a rare insight into the lives of the ancient people that once lived there.

    [02] Over 5,300 migrants returned voluntarily to their countries in 2016, IOM reports

    In figures announced on Wednesday, the International Migration Organisation (IOM) reported that 5,328 third country nationals had left Greece and returned voluntarily to their countries of origin between the start of 2016 and November 7.

    Of these, 1,193 persons returned to Afghanistan, 1,040 to Morocco, 934 to Iraq, 577 to Iran and 472 to Pakistan.

    The repatriations were held within the context of the "Government assisted repatriation programme including reintegration measures" carried out by IOM Greece in cooperation with the Interior Ministry. The programme is 75 percent financed by European funds and 25 percent by national funds.


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