Today there was a meeting called by the Attica Vice-Governor in order to make a decision regarding the accommodation of the refugees who have settled in a park of Athens. Participants in this meeting were Ministers and General Secretaries of Ministries as well as Deputy Mayors of Athens City and representatives of civil society organizations. AITIMA took part in this…Read more
1st of July 2015
Today, the head of Ngo AITIMA Spyros Rizakos visited the Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection where he had a meeting with the Deputy General Secretary Janetos Filippakos.
AITIMA, also in its capacity as a member of International Detention Coalition, discussed the issue of detention of irregular migrants and asylum seekers.
More specifically AITIMA stressed the need for…Read more
On 27 and 28 June the 3 X 3 Basketball Tournament “Block Violence and Racism” was held for the first time in the city of Peiraias.
The tournament was a big success, as over 2.000 children and young people took part.
Thanks to the work done by AITIMA there was participation by vulnerable groups.
More specifically there was participation by the Center for…Read more
25 June 2015
The Director of International Detention Coalition Grant Mitchell visited Greece in order to discuss issues regarding immigrant detention.
In the context of his visit on 25 June 2015 he had a meeting with representatives of the Greek members of the network (AITIMA, Greek Council for Refugees, Greek Refugee Forum, Ecumenical Refugee Program).
After that Grant Mitchell, accompanied with the head…Read more
13-14 June 2015
BLOCK VIOLENCE AND RACISM - HERAKLION 2015
The basketball 3 X 3 tournament BLOCK VIOLENCE AND RACISM which was organized by the Greek Basketball Players’ Union and the Municipality of Heraklion was a success. Over 1100 people participated this year.
AITIMA, in the context of the WE SAY NO TO RACISM campaign, cooperated with the organizers so that vulnerable and…Read more
6 April 2015
On 6 April 2015 Ngo AITIMA participated to a meeting of the civil society organizations working on First Reception and Asylum with the Deputy Minister for Migration Policy Mrs. Chtistodoulopoulou.
Ngo Aitima called for:
1/ Transitional measures for the protection of asylum seekers and vulnerable irregular migrants until all the First Reception Centers and the Regional Asylum Offices are in…Read more
6 April 2015
Τhe basketball event for the children of the Lavrio Reception Center for refugees that was held on 6 April 2015 was a great success. The event was organized by Non-Governmental Organization AITIMA in cooperation with Basketball Associations (Greek Basketball Federation, ESAKE Basket League, Association of Greek Basketball Trainers, Greek Professional Players’ Union), local institutions (Athletic organization of the…Read more
2 April 2015
The ASYLUM CAMPAIGN an Ngo platform has sent a letter to the Asylum Service in which it raises issues regarding access to the asylum process and detention of asylum seekers.
In this letter the ASYLUM CAMPAIGN asks the Asylum Service:
· To ensure full access to the asylum procedure for those who wish to apply
· To change its practice on…Read more
19 March 2015
On 19 March an Ngo Aitima team, consisting of the head of the organization Spyros Rizakos, a Sudanese refugee and the post graduate student Sara Vinci, visited the high school of Haidari in order to participate to an event on the occasion of the Day against racism.
The event was organized by the teacher Kyriaki Lina and was attended…Read more
28 January 2015
On 28 January 2015 there was a visit to the High school of Mandra.
The pupils who work on a Project relating to Migration and Racism had the opportunity to listen to a refugee from Sudan describing to them the reasons why he had to leave his country, the difficulties he faced on his way to Greece and the…Read more
UNHCR is today releasing a report on the current situation of asylum in Greece. The report commends Greece for reforms it has undertaken during a period of economic difficulties and limited resources. But it also points to multiple gaps and concerns and carries a recommendation that asylum-seekers should still not be returned there.
The report is based on an assessment done…Read more
1 August 2014
At the end of June our organization completed a four-year period of implementation of European Refugee Fund projects co-funded by the Greek Ministries of Health and Labor.
The projects were delivered mostly in Athens. There were also actions in Lesvos, Patras, Korinth and Igoumenitsa.
The projects mainly offered legal, social and material support to asylum seekers and refugees. There were…Read more
“I waited for ten years to get the final decision on my case”
When did you leave Afghanistan and why?
I left in 2002 because I was persecuted for political reasons.
When did you arrive in Greece and how did the Greek authorities treat you?
It was 2003 when I arrived in Lesvos island. Then I came to Peiraias by ship. When I went out of the port…Read more
Our organization offers material support to refugees giving priority to the most vulnerable cases such as families, unaccompanied minors and ill people. This support includes food, clothing, blankets, school material, items of personal hygiene, glasses, hearing and orthopedic aids.
The program of material support is based on the support of companies, foundations and individual citizens.
30th of July 2013
Up to one year the Ministry of Public Order applies the practice of prolonged detention (up to 18 months) for irregular migrants and asylum seekers. This prolonged detention is often carried out in the facilities of Police Stations which are suitable only for a few days’ detention as well as in other detention facilities which do not…Read more
20th of June 2013
On the occasion of the World Refugee Day we would like to welcome some developments but also express our concern for certain issues related to refugee protection in Greece.
This year the World Refugee Day coincides with the opening of the New Asylum Service. We welcome this development with great satisfaction, since this has been a demand of…Read more
Documentary: "How much further?" (2013)
Detention of irregular migrants and asylum seekers
Hundreds of detainees protest for their detention by going on hunger strikes and there is information about suicide attempts that have occurred in detention centers. On the other hand there is information that the Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection intends to create new detention centers. Our organization –taking account of these…Read more
18 February 2013
Little to celebrate on Dublin’s 10th anniversary - New research shows that the system continues to violate the rights of refugees
18 February 2013 . Today the Dublin Regulation , that identifies which European State is responsible for deciding on an asylum application, turns 10. On this occasion, Forum Réfugiés-Cosi , ECRE , the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and their national partners are publishing a comparative study on…Read more
15 August 2012
Fatal attack on Iraqi in Athens
Athens, 15 August 2012 - Prompted by the fatal attack on a young Iraqi, on Sunday 12 August 2012, in the centre of Athens, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) along with the 19 NGOs and other bodies that constitute the Racist Violence Recording…Read more
15 March, 2012
THE UNACCEPTABLE SITUATION CONCERNING THE REGISTRATION OF ASYLUM APPLICATIONS CONTINUES
The Group of Lawyers for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees together with AITIMA, the Greek Council for Refugees, the Ecumenical Refugee Program and the Greek Section of Amnesty International co-signing the present press release, and in co-operation with other entities, groups and NGOs, have been carrying out over the…Read more