Criteria and restrictions to access reception conditions


Country Report: Criteria and restrictions to access reception conditions Last updated: 30/11/20


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Former Article 17 of L 4540/2018, and now article 55(1) IPA, provide that the responsible authority for the reception of asylum seekers in cooperation with competent government agencies, international organisations and certified social actors shall ensure the provision of reception conditions. These conditions must “secure an adequate standard of living for asylum seekers that ensures their subsistence and promotes their physical and mental health, based on the respect of human dignity”. As per the same article, the same standard of living is guaranteed for asylum seekers in detention. Special care is provided for those with special reception needs.[1]


The law foresees that the provision of all or part of the material reception conditions depends on asylum seekers’ lack of employment or lack of sufficient resources to maintain an adequate standard of living.[2] The latter is examined in connection with the financial criteria set for eligibility for the Social Solidarity Benefit (Κοινωνικό Επίδομα Αλληλεγγύης, KEA).[3] The law also provides that reception conditions can be reduced or withdrawn if it is established that the applicant has concealed his or her financial means, in line with Article 20(3) of the Directive.[4]


[1] Article 17(1) of L. 4540/2018, which as of 1 January 2020 has been replaced by article 55(1) IPA, which

maintains the same standards, transposing  word-for-word the provisions of article 17 (2) of the (recast) Reception Directive.

[2] Article 17(3) of L. 4540/2018, which has been replaced by article 55(3) IPA without amendments.

[3] Article 235 L 4389/2016.

[4] Article 19(3) L 4540/2018, which was replaced by article 57(3) IPA, which provides that “The Competent

reception Authority shall discontinue access to material reception conditions when it is established that the applicant has concealed financial resources and has consequently taken advantage in an unfair way of the material reception conditions.”


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