*In accordance with the United Nations Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951, a refugee is a person that "…owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country…"
Today, the GCR's umbrella has broadened, covering not only refugees, but anyone who seeks international protection. Among the more vulnerable groups are unaccompanied minors, victims of trafficking, etc, to whom GCR gives priority.
GCR, staffed by social workers, interpreters, political scientists, social anthropologists and specialist administrators, works on a daily basis to provide free legal and social advice and support through three basic services: Refugee Reception Center, Legal and Social Aid Departments. After initially recording the applicants information and his/her's needs, and once it is found that the applicant belong to our target population they are sent to the appropriate service, which will make every possible effort to support and protect the applicant's rights.
In 2011, GCR provided legal and social advice to 11,493 people.
The ultimate goal of all GCR employees is not only the protection, but also the smooth integration of refugees and beneficiaries of international protection into the local community. In that prospect, GCR’s Multicultural Center for promoting the integration of refugees into Greek society "Pyxida" offers free Greek and English courses, computer classes, tutoring to students in Greek schools as well as cultural, artistic and athletic activities.
In addition, GCR develops actions aiming at the improvement of the asylum system in Greece as well as for the respect and protection of human rights. In that frame GCR collaborates with the authorities, participates in European programs, making systematic interventions and suggesting solutions with detailed propositions.
Furthermore, in order to educate the public on issues surrounding refugees and asylum, GCR organizes events, seminars, conferences but also visits schools in the local community.