GCR & Oxfam International & Save the Children International Bulletin - October 2022

27/10/2022

This is the third issue of the Bimonthly Bulletin on Refugees and Migrants which is based on the joint work of the Greek Council for Refugees with Oxfam International and Save the Children International.

At the end of the school year for refugee children in Greece, the government “gets grades”

18/07/2022

Greek Council for Refugees, Save the Children and Terre des Hommes Hellas publish a joint report on education entitled “Must do better. Grading the Greek government’s efforts on education for refugee children”.

The report analyses six key indicators – a) enrolment, b) attendance, c) access to inclusive education, d) transportation to schools, e) adequate staffing and timely scheduling, and f) action to end community hostility and xenophobia - that had previously been identified as key barriers. For each of these, the government has been assigned a grade ranging from fully meeting its obligations (A) to deterioration of the situation from last year (Fail).

The report shows that the government has made improvements or significant improvements in some areas, compared to the 2020-2021 school year. However, government policies such as limiting access to asylum, stopping social support for asylum seekers, and refusing to provide food support to recognized refugees, rejected asylum seekers, and those who are not registered in the Reception and Identification System, have seriously worsened the living conditions of the families, because of which children's access to and attendance at school is also affected.

Read the report here

GCR & Oxfam International & Save the Children International Bulletin - July 2022

12/07/2022

This is the second issue of the Bimonthly Bulletin on Refugees and Migrants which is based on the joint work of the Greek Council for Refugees with Oxfam International and Save the Children International.

This joint Bulletin follows on GCR and Oxfam's Bulletin - Update on Lesbos and the Eastern Aegean Islands (see the last issue, here) and GCR and SCI's Advocacy Briefing on the rights of children in Greece (see the last issue, here).

The AIDA (Asylum Information Database) 2021 Annual Report for Greece, which includes information on the main changes that took place in the national asylum system until December 31, 2021, has been published

01/06/2022

The Greek Council for Refugees publishes the annual updated AIDA (Asylum Information Database) report 2021 on the refugee situation in Greece, in the framework of its collaboration with ECRE (European Council on Refugees and Exiles). The report tracks recent developments in the area of asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention of asylum seekers and content of international protection in Greece, as of 31 December 2021, such as: 

The Asylum Service received 28,320 asylum applications in 2021 (marking a 30.71% decrease compared to 2020), mainly from applicants from Afghanistan!

The recognition rate on the merits at first instance was 60% as was the case in 2020. However, a significant number of applicants have not been provided with access to an in merits examination and their applications have been examined under the safe third country concept, following the issuance of the Joint Ministerial Decision designated Turkey as a safe third country for applicants from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, Bangladesh.

Access to asylum on the mainland continued to be a serious matter of concern throughout 2021. 

An increasing number of allegations of pushbacks continued to be reported during 2021 and have been largely criticised inter alia by UNHCR, IOM, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, the Council of Europe Commissioner, the Greek Ombudsperson and civil society organisations. Several reports indicate that they have become a “standard practice”, including violent border practices, arbitrary detention and even deaths at borders.

 

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