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06 Mar

Greece: 13,000 Still Trapped on Islands

As EU-Turkey Anniversary Nears, Move Asylum Seekers to Mainland Safety

(Athens, March 6, 2018) – Thousands of asylum seekers are trapped on the Aegean islands in deplorable conditions and without access to adequate protection and basic services, nine human rights and humanitarian organizations said today as part of the #OpenTheIslands campaign. The Greek government should act immediately to end the “containment policy” that traps asylum seekers in these conditions on the islands and move them to safety on the mainland.

As the two-year anniversary of the EU-Turkey deal nears on March 18, 2018, more than 13,000 men, women, and children are trapped on the islands, according to Greek government figures.

27 Feb

Attached herewith you can find the updated schedule of "Pyxida", GCR's intercultural center, including all activities and courses for this year (pdf in English and Greek).


*Please note that most of the courses listed are already running, however, if you are interested in any of them, please contact "Pyxida" at the number: 

+30 210 38 14 710 or via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

23 Feb

Greece has been the second refugee population receiving country in the EU since September 2015. More than 51.000 people are stranded around Greece (according to data published by the Greek Government1). The majority have applied for asylum while others wait for relocation or family reunification applications to be decided so that they can move on to other member states. Applicants for all processes require legal assistance: to ensure the appropriate asylum procedure is pursued, vulnerabilities are detected, deadlines met, the process is fair and that basic human needs are fulfilled, and rights are respected.

20 Feb

Repeated reports by GCR beneficiaries on systematic pushbacks in the Evros region

Athens, February 20, 2018—Complaints and reports of illegal pushbacks of refugees in Evros have been consistent and increasing in numbers. According to them, persons in need of international protection, asylum seekers and recognized refugees, having crossed the Greek border through Evros, are arrested on Greek soil, detained and led to the border, accompanied by the police, wherefrom they are being pushed back to Turkey.

14 Feb

The Greek Council for Refugees would like to thank ENGIE Foundation and ΗΡΩΝ, sponsors of the ballet show "Nutcracker", staged by the National Opera of Greece at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, for the wonderful opportunity they gave to our children, young refugees, to attend the ballet on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

Our little friends were thrilled and we are always looking forward to many more smiles on children's faces!

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Δίκτυο Καταγραφής Περιστατικών Ρατσιστικής ΒίαςEuropean Council on Refugees and ExilesEuropean Network on StatelessnessSeperated Children in Europe ProgrammeEuro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network