Country Report

Country Report: Greece Last updated: 10/06/21


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The present updated report was written by Maria-Louiza Karagiannopoulou and Alkistis Agrafioti, Agapi Chouzouraki, Aikaterini Drakopoulou, Athanasia Georgiou, Eleni Kagiou, Zikos Koletsis, Alexandros Konstantinou, Dimitris Koros, Eleni Koutsouraki, Spyros-Vlad Oikonomou, Vivi Paschalidou, Klotildi Prountzou, Maria Stergiou and Eftstathia Thanou, members of the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) Legal Unit. The report was edited by ECRE.

This report draws on information provided by the Asylum Service and the Appeals Authority, the Directorate of the Hellenic Police, the General Secretariat for Reception of Asylum Seekers of the Ministry on Migration and Asylum, the Special Secretariat for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors of the Ministry on Migration and Asylum, , the Administrative Court of Athens, the  non-profit civil-law partnership “Refugee Support Aegean” (RSA), national and international jurisprudence, reports by international, European and national human rights bodies and institutions, international and non-governmental organisations, publicly available data, media information as well as GCR’s observations from practice and information provided by the GCR Legal and Social Unit.

GCR would like to particularly thank the abovementioned authorities 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 2020, 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.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation