Differential treatment of specific nationalities in reception


Country Report: Differential treatment of specific nationalities in reception Last updated: 30/05/22


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No generalised differential treatment on the basis of nationality has been reported in 2021. Furthermore, implementation of the so-called “pilot project” by the police, which resulted in the detention upon arrival of so-called ‘low-refugee profile’ applicants (i.e. nationals and/or previous residents from countries with less than 25% average recognition rates throughout the EU),[1] has not been observed throughout the year both in the case of Lesvos (where it was implemented up-to the destruction of Moria RIC) and Kos. Nevertheless, in the case of Kos, this seems to have been fully replaced by the detention, upon arrival, of the majority of newcomers, which remained in effect throughout the largest part of the year.




[1] Inter alia see GCR & SCI, Borderlines of Despair: First-line reception of asylum seekers at the Greek borders, 25 May 2018, available at: https://bit.ly/397zY5M; HIAS, Locked up without rights: Nationality-based detention in the Moria refugee camp, December 2019, available at: https://bit.ly/381UiFG.

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