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Serious problems in Greek asylum system persist, says NGO report
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The Greek NGO AITIMA has published a mid-term report setting out the findings of its project monitoring the Greek asylum procedure, noting a number of serious issues including limited access to the procedure, delays in processing, lack of information for applicants and the "legally debatable establishment of Independent Appeals Committees.

See: Pilot Project on monitoring the asylum procedure (September 2016-March 2017) (pdf)

General findings of the mid-term report

  • Limited access to the asylum procedure
  • Long delays in processing asylum applications
  • Shortcomings regarding the identification of vulnerable asylum seekers and insufficient consideration of their needs
  • Insufficient provision of information to both asylum seekers and lawyers by the competent asylum offices
  • Insufficient provision of free legal assistance
  • Shortcomings regarding the 1st instance procedure on the mainland and problematic 1st instance procedure on the islands
  • Inadequate second instance examination procedure-legally debatable establishment of Independent Appeals Committees

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