02 February 2021
An academic article examining the use of "soft law" in the Greek government's response to the pandemic - which was initially widely-praised, yet had numerous harmful effects, in particular for asylum-seekers and refugees.
"Greece’s success in handling the first wave of the pandemic, while effective, was not beyond reproach. The greatest victims were asylum seekers who saw their right to apply for asylum curtailed, and their right to freedom of movement arguably unjustifiably restricted when limitations were lifted for the rest of the population. With a second wave of infections currently in full swing, it is imperative to keep scrutinising regulatory responses to ensure that they place the health and dignity of every individual (whoever they might be) at their core and are in full respect of their fundamental rights."
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