Monitoring/Advocacy

In order to be efficient, GCR organizes missions at the refugee entry points and in the mainland gathering points, conducting autopsies and meeting with the local authorities and services, international organizations and other bodies of civil society act.

Also, GCR systematically and successfully carries out a series of institutional interventions to uphold and respect human rights and to improve the living conditions of people in need of international protection. To this end, it has repeatedly commented on draft legislation, Presidential Decrees and Directives relating to its scope. At the same time, GCR points out human rights violations, contesting them publically, and proposes solutions to raise public awareness regarding refugee issues. 

Furthermore, GCR participates in the preparation of reports to the International and National Institutions, organizes and/or participates in workshops, conferences and trainings. Finally, GCR collaborates and intervenes with other organizations and institutions of the Greek State (National Commission for Human Rights, etc.),  the Council of Europe etc..

Running

Asylum Information Database (AIDA)

Date:

September 2012 - December 2021

Administrator:

European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

Collaborators:

Greece and 13 other Member States

Country:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom of England, Cyprus, Croatia, Switzerland, Turkey

Funder:

The Asylum Information Database is funded by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), an initiative by the Network of European Foundations, the Adessium Foundation and UNHCR

Goals:

The overall goal of the project is to help improve asylum policies and practices in EU Member States and the situation of asylum seekers in the EU by promoting high standards of protection and fair asylum procedures, including transposition and enforcement in the second phase. of EU asylum legislation. The program also seeks to support cases before the competent judicial authorities, highlighting controversial issues and providing information to legal professionals.

Actions:

  • Preparation and updating of national reports
  • Participation in awareness-raising activities

Results:

The project will lead to the development of a multi-functional database on asylum, available through a specially designed website. The database will include information on asylum procedures, reception and detention conditions in the 18 Member States (AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, DE, FR, GR, HR, HU, IE, IT, MT, NL, PL, SE, TR, UK), through national reports, comparative indicators, new , audiovisual material and documentary testimonies.

Website: www.asylumineurope.org

Link to the national report of Greece: http://www.asylumineurope.org/reports/country/greece

To read more about the Database see here: http://www.ecre.org/component/content/article/63-projects/323-asylum-information-database.html

Completed

Red Line

Red Line

Implementation Period:

1/10/2017 – 31/3/2019

Partner:

Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), Foundation for Access to Rights (FAR), Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) co-financed by the ERIM

Place of implementation:

Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece

Objectives:

The aim of the project is to reduce the illegal detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants in Europe, mainly targeting the main host countries of the European Union.

Activities:

  • Research and registration of detention and reception conditions for asylum seekers through visits to detention facilities and conducting interviews with detainees.
  • Update each country's profile on the issue of detention and reception conditions.
  • Participation in meetings and trainings with institutions with the aim of exerting institutional pressure.
  • Submit cases to international courts, with the aim of putting pressure on governments and the EU to stop illegal policies and practices.

Results:

The results of the research and interviews conducted in the 4 countries are presented in a report. This research aims, in addition to informing, to use as a tool for further advocacy actions.

 

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

Implementation Period:

March 2015 – December 2017

Administrator:

Greek Council for Refugees

Countries of implementation:

Greece

Support:

The Open Society Initiative for Europe

Goals:

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

Actions:

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

Results:

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

EVI-MED Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations

 Περίοδος υλοποίησης:

1/9/2015 - 31/3/2017

Διαχειριστής:  
 Συνεργάτες: 

Πανεπιστήμιο Middlesex, GCR

 Χώρες:

Ελλάδα

Κατηγορία:

Συμβούλιο Οικονομικής και Κοινωνικής Έρευνας («ESRC»)

 Στόχοι:

Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, Συμβούλιο Προσφύγων της Δανίας, Ευρωπαϊκό Κοινοβούλιο, Σταθμός Εξωτερικής Βοήθειας Μεταναστών (MOAS), Πανεπιστήμιο του Παλέρμου

 Δραστηριότητες:

 

  1. Δημιουργία βάσης δεδομένων για τα προφίλ, τις διαδρομές, τις εμπειρίες και τα σχέδια μεμονωμένων ατόμων - μεταναστών.
  2. Σύνταξη μιας συνθετικής βάσης δεδομένων για τις τάσεις και τα χαρακτηριστικά της μετανάστευσης.
  3. Χαρτογράφηση των «συστημάτων υποδοχής».  
  4.  Ανάλυση της δυναμικής της διαδικασίας μετανάστευσης σε όλη τη Μεσόγειο.

Το EVI-MED θα παρέχει πληροφορίες για τις σημαντικότερες ανθρωπιστικές, κοινωνικές, οικονομικές και πολιτικές επιπτώσεις για χώρες άφιξης - κυρίως Ιταλία και Ελλάδα - καθώς και η Μάλτα που αποτελεί τον κεντρικό πυλώνα της προσπάθειας αναζήτησης και διάσωσης.

 

 Αποτελέσματα:

Α) Η συλλογή και τυποποίηση ενός ευρέος φάσματος δευτερευόντων δεδομένων σχετικά με τη μετανάστευση, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των στατιστικών που παρέχονται από οργανισμούς έρευνας και διάσωσης και από εθνικούς και ευρωπαϊκούς φορείς,  τα οποία και θα ενσωματωθούν με διαθέσιμα δεδομένα, για τη δημιουργία μιας συνθετικής βάσης δεδομένων για τις τάσεις και τα χαρακτηριστικά της μεταναστευτικής ροής.  

Β) Μια έρευνα ξεχωριστών προσώπων - με τουλάχιστον 750 συμμετέχοντες σε όλη τη Σικελία, την Ελλάδα και τη Μάλτα - που παρέχει πληροφορίες για προφίλ, διαδρομές, εμπειρίες και σχέδια μετανάστευσης. Αυτά τα δεδομένα της έρευνας θα συμπληρωθούν από 45 σε βάθος συνεντεύξεις με εστίαση στα ιστορικά της ζωής των μεταναστών, τη λήψη αποφάσεων και στη χρήση δικτύων.  

Γ) Μια συστηματική χαρτογράφηση των «συστημάτων υποδοχής» στη Σικελία, την Ελλάδα και τη Μάλτα, προσδιορίζοντας κυβερνητικούς και μη κυβερνητικούς παράγοντες που εμπλέκονται στην ταυτοποίηση, διαχείριση, υποδοχή, ένταξη και πιθανή επιστροφή μεταναστών.

Δ) Συνολική ανάλυση της κατάστασης μετανάστευσης και υποδοχής, που θα προέλθει από τα παραπάνω σύνολα δεδομένων και στην οποία θα ενσωματωθούν επιπλέον  συνεντεύξεις από εμπειρογνώμονες και επαγγελματίες, με τη συμβολή διεθνών συμβούλων και τα αποδεικτικά στοιχεία που προκύπτουν από την υπάρχουσα βιβλιογραφία και άλλες έρευνες και τρέχουσες ερευνητικές δραστηριότητες.

 

 

Promoting alternatives to detention

Timetable: September 2015 – May 2016
 Project manager: Greek Council for Refugees, Greece
Countries of implementation: Greece
 Support:

This project has been supported by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), a collaborative initiative of the Network of European Foundations.

 Aim:

 

The main objective of the Project is to promote the lawful implementation of alternatives to detention, instead of administrative detention, which is legally foreseen only as a last resort and in extremely exceptional cases. This will be achieved through drafting and promoting a policy brief, which will outline the means to put in place and the relevant mechanisms to ensure the implementation of alternatives to detention; through trainings to ensure that key stakeholders are well informed on all aspects towards implementation of these mechanisms; and through raising awareness activities to increase the pressure for change.

 Activities:

The key activities involve:

  • Drafting and Dissemination of Policy Brief
  • Trainings
  • Raising Awareness and Advocacy
 Results:

The planned outcomes are increased knowledge, enhanced procedures and strengthened capacity of national authorities to ensure that alternatives to detention are systematically implemented. The long term impact of the project is that the management of mixed migration respects human rights and pays particular attention to the reception and protection needs of persons in need of international protection, allowing beneficiaries the chance to integrate into the host country successfully.

Good practices in finding and implementing lasting solutions for children who are separated from their families

Period of implementation:

June 2014 - November 2015

Administrator:

Irish Refugee Council

Collaborators:

Greek Council for Refugees, Greece

Defense for Children, The Netherlands

Human Rights League, Slovakia

Hope for Children, Cyprus

Platform for Minors in Exile, Belgium

People for Change, Malta

Children's Society, UK

Bundesfachverband Unblockeries Minderjährige Flüchtlinge, Germany

Forum Refugees, France

Implementation Countries:

Greece, Netherlands, Slovakia, Cyprus, Belgium, Malta, Great Britain, Germany, France

Support:

Pilot project - Analysis of reception, protection and integration policies for unaccompanied minors in the EU

EU Commission-DG Home Affairs

Goals:

The main goal of the program is to highlight good practice in the methodology followed by the competent authorities in identifying permanent and lasting solutions for the best interest of the child. This process should include an assessment of the best interest of the child in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Commission Comment No. 6 (2005) on the Rights of the Child, as well as European Commission guidelines in the context of of the European asylum system. Therefore, the main objective of the research is to investigate the methodology / practice followed to determine the lasting solution for the benefit of the child.

Actions:

  • Research
  • Interviews with those who provide a permanent solution
  • Preparation of national reports
  • Creation of audiovisual material
  • Roundtable on exchange of findings
  • Compilation and distribution of International Comparative Reference
  • Creating Instructions and Tools etc.
  • Feedback
  • Web result with site links

Results:

8 National reports (1 from each participating country)

1 International benchmarking report, which will highlight relevant good practices

Guidelines and Tools for Service Providers on the Methodology for Finding a Permanent Solution

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

 Timetable: March 2015 – September 2016
 Project manager: Greek Council for Refugees
 Countries of implementation: Greece
 Support: The Open Society Initiative for Europe
 Aim:

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

The specific objectives of the project are:

1. Execute missions throughout Greece, including, but not restricted to: points of entry, detention and Pre-Removal centres and to the Asylum Service’s Regional Offices and First Reception Centres, in order to monitor, map, better understand and potentially improve the Conditions and Procedures implemented

2. Empower local communities and Civil Society entities and organisations at border areas to act effectively within the state system in their attempt to receive refugee populations arriving and to act as focal points for GCR

3. To foster and develop communication and cooperation channels with local, regional and national authorities in charge of border monitoring and asylum procedures, as well as other relevant Civil Society organisations

Activities:
  • Promotional events
  • 18 missions (1 per month) by the Monitoring Officer to points of entry at the Borders, in order to assess and document the conditions and procedures of the reception services, by both the authorities and the local communities
  • 18 Mission Reports
  • 9 mission to Reception and Detention Centres throughout Greece by a lawyer, a social worker and 2 interpreters (Missions team). The missions will include meetings with the local community and Civil Society organisations and entities active in the region.
  • 9 mission reports
  • Interviews will be conducted with beneficiaries from complimentary GCR Projects
  • Regular Meetings with relevant public officials
  • Final Report drafted, publicized and disseminated
 Results:

The short term outcome of the actions described above will be to provide a field mapping – including discrepancies as well as best practices – of the state’s ability to receive and protect mixed migration flows at the borders. In the medium-term, this would also enable Civil Society Organisations to better understand their role before the actual needs of the target group, in order to be able to provide supplementary supportive  activities  to  those  of  the  relevant  authorities.  Therefore, the interaction and cooperation of the latter with non-governmental organisations will be further increased. The Project also aims to empower local communities to effectively react to arrivals of third country nationals – particularly in remote areas of Greece. In the long term, the findings and recommendations will create a tool, improving the services provided by the State and ensuring that the Services, which are recently being institutionalized, provide the protection and reception services which asylum seekers, refugees and persons in need of international protection deserve.

Creating Alternatives to Booking in Europe a Reality through Exchange, Awareness and Education

Date:

September 2013 - March 2015

Administrator:

Odysseus Network, Free University of Brussels, Belgium / Odysseus Network, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Collaborators:

Diakonie Fluchtlingsdienst (Austria), Coordination and initiatives for refugees and Etrangers (Belgium), Legal clinic for Refugees and Immigrants (Bulgaria), France Terre d'Asile (France), Greek Council for Refugees (Greece), Hungarian Helsinki Committee (Hungary), Center for Sustainable Society (Lithuania), Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta), Justitia et Pax Nederland (Netherlands), Slovak Humanitarian Council (Slovakia), Institute for Legal Research, Education and Counseling (iLREC) (Slovenia), Swedish Red Cross (Sweden), Bail for Immigration Detainees (England).

Country:

The activities will be implemented in the countries where the partner organizations are located

Support:

European Refugee Fund 2012

Goals:

The project will attempt to address the gaps in knowledge and implementation of alternative detention practices in the EU, to assist Member States in the national transposition of the updated Host Conditions Directive and to enhance the use of alternatives to detention, in accordance with European and international legal standards.

Actions:

  • Research to be conducted in Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, Slovenia, Sweden and England on national legal frameworks and alternatives to detention. (Nov 2013 - Jan 2014)
  • Writing a synthetic research report and a European training module on this subject. (Jan - Jun 2014)
  • 2 day seminars in Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands and Slovakia, making use of each nationally tailored training module created. (Jul - Dec 2014)
  • Awareness and communication activities at national and European level.
  • Final conference to present the results of the program. (Feb 2015)

Results:

The main outcome of the project is that legal practitioners in the Member States will have been trained in alternatives to detention and that knowledge will have been transferred from Member States with greater experience in using alternatives to Member States with little or no experience relevant practice.

“Access to Protection: a Human Right”

Date:

September 2012 - April 2014

Administrator:

Italian Council for Refugees, Italy / Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati - (CIR-Onlus), Italy

Collaborators:

Helsinki Committee of Hungary, Hungary / Hungarian Helsinki Committee

The People for Change Foundation, Malta / The People for Change Foundation

Pro-Asylum, Germany

CEAR, Spain

Country:

The activities will be implemented in the countries where the partner organizations are located

Category:

European Program for Integration and Migration (EPIM)

Goals:

Align national / European policies and practices with the obligations under European Human Rights Acts, and in particular with the Strasbourg Court as set out in the Hirsi case, with regard to territorial access and protection.

Actions:

  • Participation in the inaugural meeting in Rome
  • Participation in the final European Seminar in Brussels / Strasbourg
  • Support for research at European level
  • Conducting research in Greece and writing a National Report
  • Summary of the research findings in English
  • Print and distribute National Report
  • National Roundtable / promotion events

Results:

Improving Member States' respect for fundamental human rights regarding access to protection at the EU's external borders

Making Alternatives to Detention in Europe a Reality by Exchanges, Advocacy and Learning – The MADE-REAL project

Date:

September 2013 - April 2015

Administrator:

Odysseus Network, Free University of Brussels, Belgium / Odysseus Network, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Collaborators:

Diakonie Fluchtlingsdienst (Austria), Coordination and initiatives for refugees and Etrangers (Belgium), Legal clinic for Refugees and Immigrants (Bulgaria), France Terre d'Asile (France), Greek Council for Refugees (Greece),

- Hungarian Helsinki Committee (Hungary), Center for Sustainable Society (Lithuania), Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta), Justitia et Pax Nederland (Netherlands),

Slovak Humanitarian Council (Slovakia), Institute for Legal Research, Education and Counseling (iLREC) (Slovenia), Swedish Red Cross (Sweden), Bail for Immigration Detainees (England).

Country:

The activities will be implemented in the countries where the partner organizations are located

Category:

European Refugee Fund 2012

Goals:

The project will attempt to address the gaps in knowledge and implementation of alternative detention practices in the EU, to assist Member States in the national transposition of the updated Host Conditions Directive and to enhance the use of alternatives to detention, in accordance with with European and international legal standards.

Actions:

  • Research to be conducted in Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, Slovenia, Sweden and England on national legal frameworks and alternatives to detention. (Nov 2013 - Jan 2014)
  • Writing a synthetic research report and a European training module on this topic. (Jan - Jun 2014)
  • 2 day seminars in Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands and Slovakia, making use of each nationally tailored training module created. (Jul - Dec 2014)
  • Awareness and communication activities at national and European level.
  • Final conference to present the results of the program. (Feb 2015)

Results:

The main outcome of the project is that legal practitioners in the Member States will have been trained in alternatives to detention and that knowledge will have been transferred from Member States with greater experience in using alternatives to Member States with little or no experience relevant practice.

EDAL "Learning From Practice Two: A European Database of Asylum Legislation"

Date:

March 2013 - February 2014

Collaborators:

Irish Refugee Council,

European Council for Refugees and Exiles

Country:

Ireland, Greece, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Category:

European Refugee Fund, Community Action 2012

Goals:

Strengthen the further development of harmonized standards of protection within the Common European Asylum System (CESA), and in particular increase coherence and quality in the interpretation and application of the legislation set out in the CESA.

Actions:

  • Creating brief case descriptions of national case law
  • National Review on these objectives
  • Comparison of brief case descriptions of national case law by a 2nd National Specialist who is not a member or staff of GCR

Results:

GCR prepared the National Report on Greece as well as 17 brief summaries of the decisions of the Courts and Appeals Committees on asylum matters. In addition, GCR revised 18 abstracts drafted by the 2nd National Specialist for Greece.

ENOUGH To protect and promote the rights of victims of racist violence

Date: December 2012 - January 2014
Partners: Médecins du Monde
Country: Greece
Category: Open Society Foundations - Fund to Counter Xenophobia.
Objectives:
  • To support victims of racist violence and to promote investigation of racist crimes by pursuing legal actions
  • To sensitize and inform stakeholders and the public about: the pernicious repercussions of racism; the need to combat racist crimes; the need to end impunity for perpetrators of such crimes
  • To promote the adoption of a National Strategy in combating racist violence
Activities:
  • Provision of free legal aid and representation as well as medical care and socio-psychological services to victims of racist violence
  • Development and publication of the first National Report on xenophobia and racist violence in Greece, and dissemination conference at the Athens Law Bar Association
  • Launch of a national campaign to engage public opinion and promote awareness
  • Implementation of information and awareness rising workshops in high schools in Athens
Results:

Victims of racist violence will be assisted and supported for medical, social and legal issues, and cases will be brought to the attention of the Court.

Relevant stakeholders from authorities and civil society organizations, students and the general public will be informed and sensitized on xenophobia and racist violence in Greece through meetings, workshops, conference and a national campaign. 

The first National Report on Xenophobia and Racist Violence will be published and disseminated

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