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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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…

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…

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…

15 Mar: #StopTheToxicDeal DETENTION

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

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…

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…

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…

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…