Withdrawal of protection status


Country Report: Withdrawal of protection status Last updated: 30/11/20


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Withdrawal of refugee status is provided under Article 14 PD 141/2013 and as of 1 January 2020, by the same Article the IPA, where the person:

  1. Should have been excluded from refugee status;
  2. The use of false or withheld information, including the use of false documents, was decisive in the grant of refugee status;
  3. Is reasonably considered to represent a threat to national security; or
  4. Constitutes a threat to society following a final conviction for a particularly serious crime.

The Asylum Service issued a Circular on 26 January 2018, detailing the application of the ground relating to threat to society following a final conviction for a particularly serious crime.[1]

Under Article 19 PD 141/2013 and the IPA, subsidiary protection may be withdrawn where it is established that the person should have been excluded or has provided false information, or omitted information, decisive to the grant of protection.

The procedure described in Cessation is applicable to withdrawal cases.


[1] Asylum Service, Circular 1/2018 of 26 January 2018, available in Greek at: http://bit.ly/2rPEkhb.


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