Social integration is now the priority

World Refugee Day: SolidarityNow underlines the needs on the ground  for refugees living in Greece. The celebration of the World Refugee Day finds our country at a crucial moment. At present, there are no more than 40,000 refugees in the Greek mainland; nevertheless, an unreasonably large number of them still live in camps under conditions […]

Racist Violence Recording Network: presentation of Annual Report at the Parliament

On 7 June 2017, the Racist Violence Recording presented its Annual Report to the Special Permanent Commission on Equality, Youth and Human Rights, following the invitation of its President, Aphrodite Stambouli. The Network considers this event an important initiative that has provided the opportunity for a fruitful and meaningful dialogue with representatives of the parties […]

The Lack of Access to the Asylum Process is a wound for our Legal Culture

By Eirini Vlachou, lawyer, Head of Legal Service at the Athens Solidarity Center of Solidarity Now   The most important issue one thinks of when dealing theoretically or practically with the so-called refugee crisis in Greece and the EU, is the integration of recognized refugees into the labour market and the Greek and European society […]


With its announcement on June 9 2017, the for Racist Violence Recording Network welcomes the legislative initiative on legal recognition of gender identity as an important step in fulfilling the state’s commitment to drastically curb discrimination based on gender identity. As the Network has already argued, legal recognition of gender identity will solve many of […]

Assessment on the access to formal education for unaccompanied children in shelters

The Children on the Move Network, coordinated by the Deputy Ombudsman for Children’s Rights, conducted an assessment in April – May 2017 with the aim to examine the access to school of unaccompanied children accommodated in Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) shelters. The assessment has been supported by members of Children on the Move Network, […]

Family reunification and resettlement procedures for accompanied and unaccompanied minors

On 11 May 2017, the Greek Ombudsman in the framework of his institutional mission for the protection and promotion of children’s rights, addressed in a letter to the Central Asylum Service a series of findings and proposals on family reunification and resettlement procedures for accompanied and unaccompanied minors. These are based on cases that have […]


The Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) condemns the attacks against Palestinian, Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers, including a trans woman, that took place last week on Leros. According to the RVRN recordings, six (6) distinct attacks were perpetrated between midnight of May 2nd and the evening of May 4th. Three (3) incidents took place within […]

PRESS STATEMENT: 15 NGOs Decry New Policy Limiting Asylum Seekers in Exercising their Right to Appeal

On 9 May 2017 Solidarity Now and 14 more NGOs urge the Greek Government to immediately reverse the recent policy excluding asylum-seekers on the Greek islands who appeal negative asylum decisions from the possibility of participating later on in the International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM) Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme and forcing those […]