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Resources: Greece

Greece continues to be a key entry point to Europe for asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean. This page collates resources published in English and Greek (forthcoming) which relate to the implementation of Dublin III in Greece, and the asylum and reception procedures.

AIDA: Greece Country Report

(2017 update) This report covers asylum procedure, reception conditions and detention in Greece. There is also a section dedicated to the implementation of Dublin III Regulation in Greece (page 54). The report highlights the challenges asylum seekers face in registering asylum claims, in particular lengthy processing time and overcrowding which has meant the reception conditions may reach the threshold of inhuman or degrading treatment.

Greek Council for Refugees: Submission to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the case of M.S.S. v Belgium & Greece

(19th May 2017) This report covers an analysis of the Greek asylum system in light of the closure of the Western Balkan route and the EU-Turkey statement. The report highlights in particular: the Second Instance Appeals Committee’s amendments, access to free legal assistance, the capacity of the asylum service, access to the asylum procedure, fast-track border procedure, reception conditions, detention and unaccompanied minors.

Oxfam: Dear Family, How European migration policies are keeping families apart

(19th June 2017) This briefing paper identifies the impact of European migration policies on family unity and the wellbeing of people stranded in Greece. The report discusses in particular family reunification, the EU-Turkey statement, the situation on the Greek Islands and the Greek Mainland. Dublin III is referred to throughout the report. Oxfam offers a number of recommendations to the EU, the Member States and the Greek government including expanding the definition of family for both refugee family reunion and the Dublin Regulation.

Amnesty International: Note on legal changes proposed by the Greek Government on 19 April 2018 to Greece’s reception and asylum system

(4th May 2017) This note analyses a bill tabled by the Greek government, which will transpose the Reception Conditions Directive (2013/33/EU) into Greek law and amend existing asylum procedures. The note discusses, amongst others, the bill’s restriction on freedom of movement and vulnerable applicants.