Access to NGOs and UNHCR


Country Report: Access to NGOs and UNHCR Last updated: 30/11/20


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Access of NGOs to Reception and Identification Centres, camps on the mainland and pre-removal detention facilities is subject to prior permission by the competent authorities. UNHCR is present in Athens, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos, Leros, Rhodes, Thessaloniki and Ioannina, and UNHCR teams cover through physical presence, field missions and ad hoc visits the sites in their area of responsibility.[1] Moreover, a UNHCR team present at the RIC of Fylakio (Evros) at the Greek-Turkish land border helps asylum seekers who have recently arrived at the RIC. They ensure asylum seekers are identified properly and that unaccompanied children and people with specific needs are directed to appropriate services.[2]

Access of asylum seekers to NGOs and other actors depends on the situation prevailing on each site, for instance overcrowding, in conjunction with the availability of human resources.

As reported, in Samos legal aid organisations are often prohibited from entering the camp, making it difficult to accompany beneficiaries to their interview, as the GAS office is located inside the RIC on the island.[3] Moreover, during 2019, GCR faced a number of obstacles in accessing the Fylakio RIC (Evros). 


[1]           UNHCR, About UNHCR in Greece, available at:

[2]           UNHCR, Factsheet: Greece, December 2019, available at:

[3]           No End In Sight:  The mistreatment of asylum seekers in Greece, available at:


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