Detention and Reception Conditions

Greece has been condemned many times by the European Court of Human Rights for its inhuman and degrading detention conditions. With the massive inflow of European funds in the last two years, new facilities have been opened, ‘hotspots’ and emergency reception sites have been established, re-organized, re-built and renovated many times. Yet, this could not prevent dozens of refugee deaths and inhuman conditions. To the contrary it even resulted in a number of suicide attempts and psychological trauma and illnesses among the residents.

At recent additional detention facilities on the Aegean Islands authorities plan to detain rejected asylum seekers, including those whose asylum claims were found inadmissible, in order to facilitate and secure the planned fast deportations to Turkey.

The implementation of indiscriminate detention policy together with an insufficient reception framework results in a large number of persons seeking asylum in Greece not receiving protection. It also leads to an asylum policy which is problematic.

RSA  works continuously to highlight the impact that such policies have upon asylum-seekers and put pressure to the authorities so that these policies are brought in line with international human rights and refugee law .

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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…

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…

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…

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…

04 Oct: Winter threat looms over the forgotten refugees in Derveni camp

Despite repeated promises by the Migration Policy Minister, Giannis Mouzalas, Derveni (Alexil) camp has not been closed in spring 2017[i]….

20 Jul: Voices of the refugees stuck in “Moria” hotspot

Violence and tensions currently tend to become routine at the Reception and Identification Center (RIC) – the so-called hotspot in…

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…

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…