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Greece: Move Asylum Seekers to Safety Before Winter Hits

 12 Groups Open Campaign to End Containment Policy (Athens, December 1, 2017) – The Greek government, with the support of European Union leaders, should act now before the onset of winter to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 12 human rights and humanitarian organizations said in a campaign that began today. The groups began a countdown to […]

20 organisations continue to press Greek Officials and EU States to transfer asylum seekers to the mainland and offer improved reception conditions

Groups Press Greek Officials, EU States for Mainland Transfers, Improved Conditions The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 20 human rights and aid groups said today. The policy forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in overcrowded, unsafe facilities, an urgent […]

Greece: Asylum Seekers in Abysmal Conditions on Islands. Groups Press Tsipras for Transfers to Mainland

(Athens, October 23, 2017) – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands, 19 human rights and humanitarian aid organizations said in an open letter released today. Thousands of people, including very young children, single or pregnant women, and people with physical disabilities, are […]

Joint Letter to the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Alexis Tsipras

19 human rights and humanitarian aid organizations release an open letter requesting the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands. His Excellency Mr. Alexis Tsipras Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Cabinet Vasilissis Sofias 5 106 71 Athens Greece […]

Memo to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

In the context of the supervision of execution of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights that had suspended the returns of refugees to Greece (MSS v. Belgium and Greece, 2011), SolidarityNow provided data to the Open Society Justice Initiative in order to submit a memo before the Committee of Ministers of the […]

Letter to the Ministry of Labour about the harmonization of the Greek legislation with Greek Code of Migration and Social Inclusion

Following the Greek Ombudsman’s response to a report submitted in February by SolidarityNow and the organization Generation 2.0 Red, the two organizations have addressed the Ministry of Labour, requesting the harmonization of the Greek legislation with Greek Code of Migration and Social Inclusion and with the principle of equal treatment, also in accordance with the jurisprudence […]

Informative note on the issue of the granting of IPA, VAT and unemployment certificate

As a follow-up to the 25 peer-to-peer reports on the ongoing problems with regard to the issue of the granting of IPA, VAT and unemployment certificate to applicants for international protection, the General Secretariat for Immigration Policy issued an information note providing guidance to the relevant services. Note in GR

Joint letter by 7 NGOs regarding the imposition and non-lifting of geographical restrictions on international protection seekers

Α joint letter was addressed to Greek authorities by 7 NGOs, regarding the imposition and non-lifting of geographical restrictions on international protection seekers having entered the Greek territory through the maritime borders. As legal aid partners we can confirm that this challenging situation is leaving many vulnerable cases that had to flee the islands in […]

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