Country Report

Country Report: Greece Last updated: 30/11/20


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The present updated report was written by Alexandros Konstantinou, Aikaterini Drakopoulou and Eleni Kagiou, Panagiota Kanellopoulou, Aliki Karavia, Chara Katsigianni, Zikos Koletsis, Eleni Labropoulou, Eleni Michalopoulou, Vasilis Fragkos and Spyros-Vlad Oikonomou, 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 Directorate for Protection of Asylum Seekers of the Ministry on  Migration and Asylum, the Special Secretariat for Reception of the Ministry on Migration and Asylum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Administrative Court of Athens, 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 2019, unless otherwise stated. The report includes legislative amendments introduced by L. 4636/2019 on international protection and other provisions, which entered into force on 1 January 2020. Amendments introduced by L. 4686/2020 in May 2020 are not included in the present report.


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