Monitoring of Entry Points, Asylum and Reception Conditions and Procedures for Refugees in Greece

Implementation Period:

March 2015 – December 2017


Greek Council for Refugees

Countries of implementation:



The Open Society Initiative for Europe


The overall goal of the project is to ensure respect for the fundamental human rights of refugees by focusing on access to an effective and fair asylum system for all and appropriate reception services upon arrival in the Greece.

The specific objectives of the programme include:

  1. Execution of missions throughout Greece, including at points of entry, detention centres and pre-departure centres, regional offices and asylum service First Reception Centres, in order to monitor, map, map, better understand and possibly improve conditions and detention procedures.
  2. Empowering local communities, civil society actors and organisations in border areas to act more effectively, within the framework of the state system, in their efforts to manage refugee populations arrive in their saws and act as contact points for GCR.
  3. Promoting and developing communication and cooperation with local, regional and national authorities responsible for border and asylum monitoring procedures, as well as other relevant civil society organisations


Events for the promotion and presentation of the program

18 missions (1 per month) by the Monitoring Officer at the border entry points in order to assess and document the conditions and procedures of reception services, both by the authorities and local communities

Preparation of 18 Shipping Reports

9 missions to Reception and Detention Centers throughout Greece that will include a lawyer, a social worker and 2 interpreters (Mission Group). The missions will also include meetings with the local community and civil society organisations and bodies operating in the region.

9 Shipping Reports

Interviews with the guests

Regular meetings with the relevant civil servants

Drafting, publication and dissemination of final report


The short-term outcome of the actions, described above, will be to create a picture - including problems, as well as best practices - of the state's ability to accept and protect migration flows at the border. In the medium term, this will enable civil society organisations to better understand their role in the face of the real needs of the target group in order to be able to provide complementary support activities with competent authorities. This will therefore lead to a further increase in the state's interaction and cooperation with non-governmental organizations. The project also aims to empower local communities in terms of arrivals for third-country nationals, particularly in remote areas of Greece. In the long term, the conclusions and recommendations of GCR will create a tool to improve the services provided by the State, as well as to ensure that the services recently established are operational.

For the mission reports of the program, see here

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