Greek Forum of Refugees
The Greek Forum of Refugees expresses the following concerns in relation to the access of applicants for international protection in the asylum procedure:
1. Recognizing the efforts of the management workers of the Asylum Office, we believe that the problem stems from inadequate staffing of the Office because of the lack of administrative personnel and interpreters and also the shortage of other Asylum offices as is provided by Law 3907/2011. The result is the accumulation of thousands of asylum seekers in Athens which makes the registration impossible. Alongside, vulnerable groups of applicants for international protection (as children, pregnant women and people with health issues and special needs, also victims of torture and with psychological problems) are suffering for months in queues from 5 a.m. for many hours without managing to be registered by the Office. Finally, asylum seekers sooner or later are arrested by the police and end up in detention centers with prolonged and unknown detention periods in inhuman conditions.
2. We believe that the inefficient access to the Asylum procedure intensifies the cycle of systematic violation of fundamental rights of applicants for international protection in Greece, as provided by the relevant international and national legal framework.
We demand the immediate concern for the creation of a functional and effective Asylum Service.
We ask relevant organizations to help us to set free the parents of the Haidari family in order for them to be with their children.
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