Country Report

Country Report: GreeceLast updated: 26/09/17


Greek Council for Refugees

The present updated report was written by Alexandros Konstantinou, Athanasia Georgopoulou and Aikaterini Drakopoulou, lawyers – members of the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) Legal Unit.

Efthimia Dousi, Vasilis Fragkos, Eleni Kagiou, Aliki Karavia, Chara Katsigianni, Zikos Koletsis, Aikaterini Komita, Eleni Koutsouraki, Kleio Nikolopoulou, Giorgos Pantelakis, Maria Papamina, Andreas Pitsinis, Efstathia Thanou, Aggeliki Theodoropoulou, Elissavet Vasilopoulou (in alphabetical order), lawyers – members of the GCR Legal Unit and Vasiliki Megariti, Vangelis Papageorgiou and Georgia Chiou (in alphabetical order), social workers – members of the GCR Social Unit have drafted/reviewed parts of or otherwise contributed to the present report. The report was edited by ECRE.

This report draws on information provided by the Asylum Service, the Appeals Authority and the Appeals Committees (PD 114/2010), the Hellenic Police, national and international jurisprudence, reports by European Union institutions, international and non-governmental organisations, as well as GCR’s observations from practice.

GCR would like to particularly thank the Asylum Service, the Appeals Authority, the Directorate of the Hellenic Police and the Appeals Committees’ (PD 114/2010) Coordinator for the data and clarifications provided on selected issues addressed to them by GCR Legal Unit, for the purposes of the present report.

The information in this report is up-to-date as of 31 December 2016, unless otherwise stated.


To access the updated report, you can navigate through the table of contents on the right end side or download the full report (in PDF) above.

You can access:

  • Fact-finding missions of the Greek Council for Refugees here.
  • Monitoring updates by Aitima on detention here and asylum procedures here.

About AIDA

The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a database managed by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions, detenti