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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 […]

Response by the Greek Ombudsman to a report on discrimination against foreign workers

The Greek Ombudsman’s response to a report submitted in February by SolidarityNow and the organization Generation 2.0 Red is being published, regarding the unacceptable discrimination against foreign workers, legally residing in Greece, who enjoy – undoubtedly – fewer benefits than Greek nationals, even though they pay the same social security fees. The Ombudsman fully justifies […]

Joint report of 25 organizations for cases of violation of asylum seekers’ rights

25 organizations submitted a petition with which they wish to inform the responsible Greek authorities of the ongoing problems that arise regarding the granting of AMKA (Social Security number), AFM (Tax Registration number) and unemployment cards to applicants of international protection, requesting their intervention to harmonize administrative practices with the applicable legislation. They also want […]