One year ago, our organization released the report “Asylum Seekers ON HOLD” whereby we highlighted serious problems in the asylum procedure.

 

We remain very concerned, because most of these problems persist and at the same time new ones have emerged.

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LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES (January-December 2017)

We provided assistance to 2385 people.

 

MONITORING ASYLUM PROCEDURES (January-April 2017)

 

We compiled the report Asylum seekers ON HOLD

http://aitima.gr/images/pdf/onholdenglishreport.pdf

 

OFFERING LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO VULNERABLE DETAINEES AND MONITORING THE DETENTION SYSTEM (October-December 2017)

We conducted 32 visits to detention centers

We interviewed 143 detainees

We investigated 69 cases

 

MATERIAL SUPPORT TO VULNERABLE FAMILIES (January-July 2017)

935 vulnerable people assisted for one or more times

 

NETWORKING-JOINT ADVOCACY

National level: We coordinated the NGO Platform ASYLUM CAMPAIGN ( http://asylum-campaign.blogspot.gr/) during 2017.

We participated to the Children on the move Network coordinated by the Ombudsman (https://www.synigoros.gr/?i=stp.en.news.426907 )

EU level: We participated in meetings organized by ECRE, PICUM, END FGM Campaign.

The arrest a few days ago of the Turkish refugee inside the building of the Asylum Service undoubtedly constitutes an unprecedented unlawful action against the very core of the rule of law. The Turkish refugee had been granted international protection by virtue of a decision of the Independent Appeals’ Committee and he was subsequently put in administrative detention following the issuance of an interim order by the President of the Administrative Court of Appeal of Athens suspending the aforementioned decision.

This unlawful arrest and detention is part of a series of violations committed by the Executive against the rights of the 8 Turkish military asylum seekers and refugees and lies in contravention with fundamental principles of the rule of law, namely the presumption of innocence, the principle of confidentiality, the right to liberty. They also mark the continuous slippage of the Government and of the Minister of Migration Policy into policies, obviously, of expediency at the expense of legality.

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AITIMA is always close to refugee and migrant communities and often participates in Info-Sessions.

At the beginning of the new year we start a new round of info-events. The first event is taking place at Khora Community Center Khora on 15 January.

Here is the poster of the event created by Khora Community Center.