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“Greece has no right to stop accepting asylum applications,” says UNHCR

The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees said on Monday that Greece had no right to stop accepting asylum applications as Athens struggled with a sudden increase of arrivals at its border of Middle East refugees and migrants from Turkey. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday his country …

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“Asylum procedures reduced to 24 days,” says Greece’s Migration Minister

Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said that examination of asylum applications has been reduced to 24 days as of January 1 and for the new arrivals in 2020. He stressed that the government’s goal is to have procedures conclude in three months. The Greek government has given priority to asylum-seekers …

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Human Rights Watch: Greece’s Asylum overhaul threatens refugees’ rights

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Greece to remove specific articles on its new Asylum draft Law as they threaten to restrict access to protection for asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Greek parliament should scrap provisions in a new bill that threaten to limit asylum seekers’ access …

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UNHCR expresses concern at Greece’s asylum plans

The United Nations refugees agency UNHCR expressed concern about Greek proposals to overhaul laws affecting asylum seekers, saying they could weaken the protection of refugees. Greece is proposing to streamline a lengthy asylum process and deport rejected asylum seekers. A draft law is pending in the Greek parliament. The law …

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Greece’s Asylum bill: Drastic changes to facilitate “fast track” deportations

The new Asylum bill is heading to the Greek Parliament by the conservative New Democracy government despite objections by human rights organizations. The bill introduces a series of measures and drastic changes aiming to restrict access to asylum, reduce asylum procedure times or terminate stages of procedures and proceed with …

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EU urges Greece to improve refugee camp conditions, speed up asylum

The European Commission has called on Greece for “urgent action” in order to improve living conditions in the  overcrowded refugees and migrant camps and speed up the asylum procedures. In its progress report “European Agenda on Migration,” the European Union welcomes steps taken by the Greek government over the past …

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Decongration of islands, acceleration of asylum procedures is Gov’t priorities

A new ‘corridor’ of refugee and migrants flows has been formed in the last months between Alexandroupolis and Samothrace, in North-East Greece, Deputy Minister for Migration Policy at the Foreign Ministry, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, said in an interview with Kathimerini newspaper. “At the same time, we see a 44-percent increase in …

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New Democracy, SYRIZA confrontation over University asylum, Bill passed

Τhe debate on the bill about the abolition of the university asylum and changes in the regional administration continues ended in a sharp confrontation not only between the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras but also with the rest of opposition parties. And at the end …

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Almost 6,000 Turkish citizens seek asylum in Greece after failed coup

A total 5,786 Turkish citizens have applied for obtaining refugee status in Greece, since 2016’s failed coup attempt that was followed by a government crackdown, Turkish media reported on Sunday. According to a report by Diken attributed to the Greek Ministry of Immigration Policies, the number of Turks seeking asylum …

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Greece grants political asylum to 3. Turkish serviceman

One more Turkish officer was granted political asylum by Greek Asylum authorities on Thursday. He is the third out of the eight Turkish officers who fled to Greece after the failed coup in July 2016. With an unanimous decision the Secondary Asylum Committee to grant political asylum to Ugur Ucan. …

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Council of State’s irrevocable asylum ruling a precedent for all 8 Turkish soldiers

Greece’s Council of State has confirmed  the ruling of Asylum Committee to grant asylum to one of the 8 Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after the failed coup of 2016. The Council of State said  that asylum to one of the eight Turkish servicemen is definite and irrevocable. the …

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Turkish servicemen want asylum and travel documents to leave Greece

The eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after the failed coup in summer 2016, want asylum and travel documents so they can leave the country and move to a country of their choice, their lawyers said on Wednesday. In a press conference, the lawyers said it was a necessity …

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Greece approves Asylum Bill to ease camps overcrowding on the islands

Greece has approved a bill to simplify and accelerate asylum procedures and ease overcrowding in refugee camps on the islands of the Eastern Aegean sea. Human Rights groups criticize the asylum bill because it endanger the rights of refugees as it will increase the number of rejected asylum seekers to …

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17 Turkish citizens, among them 6 children, flee Erdogan regime, seeking asylum in Greece

Turkish civil servants and judges have sought refuge in Greece together with their wives and children. A total of 17 Turkish citizens, seven men, four women and six children, illegally entered Greece on Monday afternoon. They sailed from the Turkish coast to the island of Oinousses, north-east of the island …

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