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30 Aug: The Greek asylum in the first half of 2021: The asylum procedure in numbers

This note summarises and analyses key statistics on the functioning of the Greek asylum procedure during the first half of 2021, based on figures provided by the Ministry of Migration and Asylum in response to parliamentary questions.

26 Aug: Reject the unlawful Deportations Bill

The Deportations and Returns Bill tabled by the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum to Parliament on 25 August 2021 fully disregards the positions and concerns put forward by civil society and the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) regarding compliance with international and EU law on asylum and migration. Without any justification, the drafters of the bill omit over 60 comments tabled by experts in the public consultation, thereby circumventing a necessary institution to safeguard the rule of law and better law-making.

23 Aug: Practical and immediate solidarity with the Afghan refugees!

While the Greek government is sending contradictory messages about dealing with the humanitarian crisis caused by the return of the Taliban to power, thousands of Afghan refugees living in Greece are anxious for the fate of their relatives and themselves, as based on the Joint Ministerial Decision (JMD) issued in June they may be returned to Turkey as a safe third country with a risk of onward deportation to Afghanistan.

30 Jul: Immigration detention in the first half of 2021: Systematic deprivation of liberty and inaccessibility of remedies

Official data demonstrate that the Greek authorities continue to systematically detain asylum seekers and irregular migrants. The figures reveal a severe violation of the duty of the state to use deprivation of liberty only as a last resort, when necessity and proportionality so require.

28 Jul: The first round of computer collection for refugee children is completed – We have collected 15 devices

WE ARE DEEPLY THANKFUL – Update on the collection of computers for refugee children

22 Jun: Administrative detention: A human rights “black hole”

Greece is intensifying its detention policy under the hypocritical and tolerating gaze of the EU. More specifically, on Kos and – during the operation of the pre-removal centre – in Evros the authorities apply a policy of generalised and systematic detention of newly arrived asylum seekers subject to a few exceptions, whereas even vulnerable people are detained for prolonged periods.

15 Jun: The EASO Report on Turkey

RSA publishes the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) “Turkey: Content of Protection – Country Information Pack”, last updated in August 2019.

14 Jun: Greece deems Turkey “safe”, but refugees are not: The substantive examination of asylum applications is the only safe solution for refugees

our organisations stress that “externalization simply shifts asylum responsibilities elsewhere and evades international obligations”. We once again call on the Greek and European authorities to honour their responsibility to protect refugees and to avoid further undermining the European asylum acquis and the fundamental principles and values for protecting human rights. To this end, we call on Greece to revoke the JMD issued on 7 June.

26 May: Registry of NGOs working with refugees and migrants in Greece under scrutiny

Risks of repression of civil society organisations supporting refugees and migrants in Greece have been heavily exacerbated by successive legislative reforms in 2020, introducing disproportionate and ambiguous requirements for registration on two Registries managed by the Ministry of Migration and Asylum.

14 May: Donate your old laptop to a child refugee

We are collecting old laptops, of the past 8 years, and to distribute them to refugee children, thus enabling them to attend educational classes remotely

28 Apr: Greek civil society requests European Commission assessment on respect of EU asylum law safeguards at the Greek borders

Download the Letter In a letter sent on 27 April 2021 to the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson,…

24 Apr: Another dignified reception facility shut down

Another dignified reception facility shut down Another dignified reception facility shut down Photo: Elias Marcou The refugee reception facility run…

22 Apr: New Pact on Migration and Asylum | Interpretation of provisions in Greek case law

Download the Note In September 2020, as part of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the European Commission tabled…

13 Apr: Excluded and Segregated | The vanishing education of refugee children in Greece

Excluded and Segregated The vanishing education of refugee children in Greece​ Excluded and Segregated The vanishing education of refugee children…

13 Apr: Executive summary: Excluded and Segregated. The vanishing education of refugee children in Greece

In a report titled “Excluded and Segregated. The vanishing education of refugee children in Greece”, Refugee Support Aegean (RSA) tracks…

30 Mar: Joint Action against push-backs signed by 49 NGO’s

Over the last years, the undersigned organisations have been receiving allegations of push-backs at the country’s land and sea borders….

30 Mar: Greek family law reform puts victims of domestic violence at high risk

The Ministry failed to pay due regard to vulnerable categories of children that will be affected by the provisions such as asylum seekers and refugees

18 Mar: Summary of the event: “Through the eyes of those who experienced it”.(VIDEO)

Refugees and islanders talked about the effects of the deal on their lives and on local communities. The event was coordinated by journalist Fotini Lampridi.

18 Mar: Repercussions for the children of the “Deal” | EU-Turkey “deal”: 5 Years of Shame

Four experts present the impact of confinement on the mental health, rights and life of the “children of the deal”.

18 Mar: Stories of refugees | EU-Turkey “deal”: Five years of Shame

Three illustrative stories of refugees who experienced the tragic consequences of the implementation of the “deal” at any cost remind us that human rights are trampled every day in the Reception and Identification Centres of the Aegean islands.

17 Mar: An avoidable institutional deviation | EU-Turkey “deal”: 5 Years of Shame

The Statement / “Deal” of the Heads of European Union (EU) Member States and Turkey represents an institutional deviation, five…

16 Mar: EU-Turkey deal: 5 Years of Shame

Since March 2016 the Statement / “Deal” of the Heads of European Union (EU) Member States and Turkey represents an…

16 Mar: Rule of law capture by a Statement | EU-Turkey deal: 5 Years of Shame

Download theLegal Note From its very inception in early March 2016, the EU-Turkey deal signed on 18 March 2016 was…

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21 Jan: Open letter to Mr Notis Mitarakis Minister of Migration and Asylum

Athens, 21 January 2020 Dear Minister, With this letter, the below signatory humanitarian, human rights and protection organizations would like…

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24 Nov: Rejection of 28 asylum seekers from African countries due to the lack of interpreters

Legal aid organizations express concerns regarding the unprecedented administrative practice of the Regional Asylum Office of Lesvos, which goes against…

05 Aug: Joint statement: Safeguard the rights of refugees in Turkey!

We, the undersigned organizations working in the area of human rights, express our gravest concerns regarding the recent arrests in…

07 Jun: PUSH BACKS AT EVROS BORDERS: A DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE AND LEGALITY

Athens, May 2, 2019 The borders of Greece at Evros tend to become an area outside the law, a place…

11 Apr: BUILDING EUROPE, TOGETHER WITH MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

Manifesto for the 2019 European elections by 5 organisations from France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain

09 Jan: Returned recognized refugees face a dead-end in Greece

PROTECTION FOR RECOGNIZED REFUGEES IN GREECE REMAINS IN PAPER In June 2017, Refugee Support Aegean (RSA)/ PRO ASYL published a…

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06 Dec: Greece, EU: Move Asylum Seekers to Safety. End Containment Policy, Organize Transfers Now

(Athens, December 6, 2018) – The Greek government and its European Union partners should urgently ensure that all asylum seekers…

22 Nov: Surviving in Moria

The situation in the Aegean hotspots remains very critical despite persistent calls from NGOs and international organizations to end the…

05 Nov: The implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement is an insult for the human life and dignity

Athens 24 October 2018 With regard to the intensification of the problems in the islands of Eastern Aegean, both concerning…

01 Nov: The Administrative Arrangement between Greece and Germany

The Administrative Arrangement between Ministry of migration Policy of the Hellenic Republic and the Federal Ministry of Interior of the…

09 Oct: The “hotspots” experiment: removing human rights from the equation

Gradually, hotspots on the Greek islands have acquired more characteristics far different to those initially announced in terms of their…

13 Aug: EUROPE’S ‘SUCCESS STORY’

On 9 August, the Aegean became once more a graveyard for seven refugee children after a boat carrying around 13…

19 Jul: A PLACE OF SOLIDARITY AND DIGNIFIED LIVING AT RISK OF CLOSURE: #SAVEPIKPA

On 29 June, the Regional Governor of North Aegean announced a decision ordering the closure of PIKPA camp – a…

03 Jul: AGATHONISI TRAGEDY: INVESTIGATION MUST SHED LIGHT ON CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DEATHS OF REFUGEES LAST MARCH  

PRO-ASYL and Refugee Support Aegean wish to express once more their profound concerns over the loss of sixteen lives following the capsizing of…

26 Jun: #AgathonisiShipwreck: The case file

On 16 March 2018, a refugee boat sank near the Greek island of Agathonisi. Sixteen persons perished including seven children…

21 Jun: EU refugee and migration policy shifts towards the implementation of a reactionary far right agenda

In the absence of a real refugee and migration crisis on the external borders of Europe this year, arrivals down…

16 Jun: JOINT STATEMENT ON THE EXTRADITION CASE OF TURGUT KAYA

In Decision No. 912/2018, Greece’s Supreme Court 6th Section ruled in favour of the extradition of Turgut Kaya, a political…

18 May: Violence in Patras Port

Violence in Patras Port: Ill-treatment of refugees as deterrent to migration Refugee Support Aegean (RSA) fact-finding mission (27 to 28…

08 May: LESBOS COURT RULING VINDICATES FIVE AID WORKERS – SAVING LIVES AT SEA IS NOT A CRIME

A Lesbos court yesterday acquitted three volunteer lifeguards of Spanish NGO PROEM-AID and two volunteer lifeguards from the NGO Team…

20 Mar: Stop The Toxic Deal NOW

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicDeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today their common statement against the toxic EU-Turkey…

17 Mar: #StopTheToxicDeal TURKEY AS A “SAFE THIRD COUNTRY”

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicDeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today the final topic that concerns Turkey as…

15 Mar: #StopTheToxicDeal DETENTION

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicDeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today the fourth topic that concerns Detention. #StopTheToxicDeal

13 Mar: #StopTheToxicDeal VULNERABILITY

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicDeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today the third topic that concerns vulnerability. #StopTheToxicDeal

09 Mar: #StopTheToxicDeal XENOPHOBIA

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicDeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today the second topic that concerns xenophobia #StopTheToxicDeal

07 Mar: #StopTheToxicDeal Reception Conditions

In the framework of their campaign #StopTheToxicdeal RSA and PRO ASYL publish today the first topic that concerns reception conditions…

06 Mar: STOP THE TOXIC EU-TURKEY DEAL – STORIES FOR 2 DISGRACEFUL YEARS FOR EUROPE

#StopTheToxicDeaL Two years after its implementation, the EU-Turkey ‘deal’ still stands at the forefront of European Union (EU) Policy on…

20 Feb: Germany wilfully ignores Afghanistan not being a safe country

Despite the large number of civilian casualties in conflict ravaged Afghanistan, Germany and other European countries continue forcibly returning Afghan…

19 Feb: ESCAPE AGAIN: Afghan refugees deported from Germany are forced to flee a second time to save their lives

Afghan refugees deported from Germany are forced to flee again. Refugee Support Aegean (RSA) researchers met with four of the…

16 Feb: Majority of refugee children in the Aegean Islands Hot Spots are excluded from education

Despite the Government announcements that it will ensure access to education for all refugee children living in Greece, the majority…

23 Jan: LEGAL AID (INDIVIDUAL LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN ASYLUM/REFUGEE CONTEXT) FOR MIGRANTS, ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES IN GREECE: CHALLENGES AND BARRIERS

By the Legal Aid Actors Task Force, January 2018 The following observations are drawn from the experience of 14 organisations assisting…

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19 Dec: Greece Refugee Policy State of Play: Reality Dictates Policy, Authorities Prepare again to crack down on Rule of Law

At the end of October the Ministry of Migration Policy has decided to decongest 2000 people from overcrowded hot-spots in…

07 Dec: Refugee mothers without enough milk and diapers

Photo copyright: Salinia Stroux Dramatic shortages in both mainland and Greek islands force organizations and solidarity groups to search for…

25 Oct: WINTER HAS ARRIVED: Thousands left at the mercy of winter in Greek hot-spots

Despite repeated warnings from numerous organisations thousands of refugees will be in danger as weather deteriorates. The Greek government has…

20 Oct: Legal Note: UNHCR has Failed to Stand Up for Refugee Rights During Crucial EU-Turkey Deal Judgment

LEGAL NOTE UNHCR has Failed to Stand Up for Refugee Rights During Crucial EU-Turkey Deal Judgement October 20th 2017 On…

17 Oct: PRO ASYL/RSA: Last Exit Strasbourg – After the verdict of the highest administrative Greek court the legal dispute continues

The highest administrate Greek court, the Council of State confirmed in a judgment published on 22 September, the decisions of…

04 Oct: Vulnerable protection seekers who arrived in Crete end up detained in Kos

Despite facilities in Kos have already reached maximum capacity due to increased arrivals from Turkey, the few last weeks authorities…

24 Sep: Greek court opens door for forcible returns of asylum seekers back to Turkey

The Council of State, the Supreme Administrative Court of Greece, has on Friday decided against the appeals of two Syrians…

30 Aug: Scandalous silence about the violation of human rights in Turkey

Day by day the situation regarding serious human rights violations in Turkey is deteriorating, while the crisis in the relations…

29 Aug: Greek court rejects Turkey’s extradition request based on Interpol warrant

On August 23rd the Northern Aegean Appeal Council examined and rejected Turkey’s extradition request against A.M Turkish/British citizen. RSA lawyers…

19 Aug: Political games on the backs of refugees

Hundreds of refugees that entered EU through Greece and reached other EU countries  after 15th of March are in danger…

03 Aug: No more separations of families! 1st part

Foto: Salinia Stroux Refugees in Greece are waiting for indefinite periods for their family reunification to Germany. PRO ASYL and…

18 Jul: Urgent need for a real solution for unaccompanied minor refugees in Greece

The issue of the identification, protection and support of unaccompanied minors in Greece remains of major importance, following the recent…

17 Jul: Serious gaps in the care of refugees in Greek hotspots; Vulnerability assessment system is breaking down

Following the departure of Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), medical and social services have seriously been minimised in the Registration and Identification…

11 Jul: Code of Conduct for INGOs Involved in SAR Operations in the Mediterranean

Statewatch has leaked a version of the code of contact the European Commission has demanded that INGOs involved in SAR…

26 Jun: Legal Note: Rights and effective protection exist only on paper

Photo:  RSA/giorgos moutafis The current living conditions of beneficiaries of international protection in Greece are alarming, as beneficiaries do not only…

20 Jun: Syrian acquitted for deaths of refugees in Farmakonisi case

The Felony Appeal Court of Dodecanese in Rhodes decided yesterday that the young Syrian – sentenced initially to 25 years…

15 Jun: Greek Hotspots: Deaths Not to Be Forgotten

(a joint PRO ASYL / Refugee Support Aegean (RSA) Policy Note) 14th June 2017 Greek Hotspots: Deaths Not to Be…

15 Jun: Solidarity statement to Taner Kiliç

It has been 10 days since Turkish lawyer Taner Kiliç, President of Amnesty International Turkey, and well-known human rights defender,…

30 May: The European Court of Human Rights communicated the case of B.J. (v. Greece) and has addressed the Greek government with specific questions

A Syrian refugee, a Christian of Armenian origin, who lived for about a year in Turkey under the precarious ‘temporary…

25 May: Reports published by PRO ASYL for Greece

PRO ASYL has been co-operating with human rights lawyers and researchers in Greece since 2007 for strategic litigations and the documentation…

21 Apr: PRO ASYL and RSA demand the immediate release of Italian journalist Gabriele Del Grande

Gabriele Del Grande in 2010, when he received the Human Rights Price of Stiftung PRO ASYL. Photo: Gustavo Alabiso Del…

13 Apr: Greece: Back to Detention

On March 30th a new pre-removal detention center was opened on Kos Island. Similar detention centers are planned on other…

17 Mar: One year since the EU-Turkey Statement: refugees trapped in a buffer zone

A policy note of the RSA team and partner of PRO ASYL in Greece lays open the fatal consequences the…

10 Mar: The highest court of Greece will decide on the EU-Turkey Deal

“A crucial day for refugee protection in Europe” Athens/Chios/Frankfurt: Today the highest Greek Court will hold a hearing to examine whether…