Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Greece.
As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.
w2eu.info - Welcome to Europe
Email: contactw2eu [dot] info or w2eu_infoyahoo [dot] com
This hyperlink -w2eu.info - leads to an independent source of information for refugees coming to Europe. w2eu.info might be useful on their journey to and through Europe by giving access to counseling and useful contacts in different European countries.
Tripou Str. 4, Athens 117 41
Tel: +30 21 09 24 16 77
Email: aitimafreemail [dot] gr
The NGO AITIMA was founded in December 2008 to defend human rights and protect the environment through the following objectives: Providing free legal advice and consultation to vulnerable groups, including refugees, minority and newly arrived communities; Delivering training, education and cultural events and conferences; - Partnerships with other groups and organisations; Conducting research; Appealing to the judiciary system. The founding team of AITIMA have long-term experience and knowledge of working in the field of human rights, as well as refugees and asylum seekers.
Amnesty International - Greece
30 Sina Street, 10672 Athens, Greece
Tel: +30 21 03 60 06 28 or +30 21 03 60 06 28
Fax: +30 10 36 38 016
Email: infoamnesty [dot] org [dot] gr or athensamnesty [dot] org [dot] gr
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-15:00
Or use the contact form provided here.
Amnesty International is a global movement independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Amnesty International is also active in Greece, for the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
ARSIS has a programme for unaccompanied minors which is called METOIKOS. It is for both boys and girls between 3 and 17 years old. It operates four shelters (Athens, Thessaloniki and Volos). Services provided in these shelters include meeting of basic needs (3 meals every day, clothing, bathing), health care, psychosocial support, legal aid, education and Greek language courses. Psychosocial support is also provided at the ARSIS offices in Athens and Thessaloniki. Their offices are located at:
ARSIS Headquarters and Youth support centre: 28 Derigni str, 10434 Athens, Greece
Tel/Fax: +30 21 08 25 98 80
ARSIS Offices and youth support centre: 57 Iezekiil str, 43100 Karditsa
Τel/Fax: +30 24 41 08 05 00
ARSIS Offices: a Aminda str, 50100 Kozani
Τel/Fax: +30 24 61 04 97 99
Email: infokozarsis [dot] gr
ARSIS Offices and youth support centre: 27 Skufa & Karathanu str, 41222 Larisa
Τel/Fax:+30 24 10 25 32 77
Email: iinfolararsis [dot] gr
Unaccompanied Minors' Shelter: 3 Agiu Dimitriu, Proin Pedupoli, 57013 Oreokastro,Thessaloniki
Tel/Fax: +30 23 10 69 48 78
For issues relating to under aged refugees, contact iridapandiriyahoo [dot] com (Irida Pandiri), social worker and responsible for the Shelter in Thessaloniki.
ARSIS offices: 35 Ptolemeon & Sygru st, 546 30 Thessaloniki, Greece
Τel/Fax: +30 23 10 52 61 50 or +30 23 10 55 28 13
Email: infothesarsis [dot] gr
MOYSOYRGEIO, Youth Support centre: 2 Zaliki str.,546 31 Thessaloniki, Greece
Τel:+30 23 10 22 88 50
SYMPRAXI, Centre for youth employment: 70 Venizelu str, 546 30 Thessaloniki, Greece
Τel:+30 23 10 27 33 12
Offices and Youth Shelter, Makrinitsa Volos
Τel/Fax: +30 24 28 09 99 39 or +30 24 28 09 99 44
52, Kapodistriou Street, 104 32 Athens, Greece
Tel: +30 21 05 24 78 79
Offers social and material support as well as counselling.
Ecumenical Refugee Program (ERP)
Iridanou 20, Ilissia, Athens 11528 (near Hilton Hotel)
Email: ecrpathgmail [dot] com
The Ecumenical Refugee Program (ERP) is a special service of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece that assists refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It was officially established in January 1994 as a successor of the WCC Refugee Service in Greece. ERP runs different projects that have been funded by various sources, including the European Commission, UNHCR, ERF and the Greek Ministry of Health. The ERP provides primarily legal and social assistance, translation facilities and legal representation to asylum seekers in the Athens area and is one of the main organisations in this field in Greece. Advocacy is also a primary goal of our organisation. Since March 2011, ERP is an implemented partner of UNHCR within the Asylum Reform Project in Greece in the areas of legal assistance and representation of asylum seekers in Greece. ERP is also actively involved in the processing of "Dublin" cases mainly of unaccompanied minors that are seeking to join a family member who is legally residing in another EU country. Actually in the ERP service are working 6 lawyers, 2 political scientists, 2 translators and 1 social worker. ERP is a member of legal and social national and European networks in the field of the refugee protection and advocacy.
Greek Committee For International Democratic Solidarity (EEDDA)
27 Themistokleous str., 10677 Athens, Greece
Tel: +30210 38 13 052
Fax: +30210 38 31 603
Contact Person: Marie Lavrentiadou
Email: marie [dot] lavrentiadouwanadoo [dot] fr
EEDDA supports political refugees and foreign workers living Greece through action and struggle in their communities for the solution of their problems. EEDDA is a member of the Euromed Human Rights Network's Migration and Asylum Working group.
Greek Council for Refugees
Head of Legal Service: Maria Papamina
Tel. 21 03 32 00 23 or 21 03 32 00 78
Fax. 21 03 80 00 59
Email: papaminagcr [dot] gr or drivagcr [dot] gr
Director: Sandy Protogerou
Email: protogerougcr [dot] gr
Tel: 21 03 32 00 23 or 21 03 32 00 78 or 21 03 80 09 90
Fax: 21 03 80 37 74
When no response, contact Kenneth Hansen:
Email: hansengcr [dot] gr
The Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) is a Greek non-governmental organisation, founded in 1989 to support refugees and asylum seekers in Greece. Through various psychosocial and legal services, it helps their integration in Greece. The GRC Works with diverse partners at various levels – from ministries and local governments to international organisations, the GRC offers legal support and legal representation services, providing lawyers.
In case other organisations do not respond, The Greek Council for Refugees promises to respond when contacted.
The Greek Forum of Refugees
Name der NGO: Greek Forum of Refugees
Adress: 9-13 Gravias street, 10678 Athens Greece
Phone: (+30) 2130282976, (+30) 6948408928
Email: refugeegrgmail [dot] com
Greek Forum of Refugees is a multinational network. Members can be individuals and formal or informal groups of refugees without political or religious character. The main objective of the GFR is to create a sustainable network that will unite all refugees living in Greece through a common course of action. The GFR aims to provide assistance to refugees during the asylum procedure, to protect their rights and to support their integration into Greek society. GFR`s central conviction is that none of the goals can be achieved without the participation of the refugees themselves.
''Ομάδα Δικηγόρων για τα Δικαιώματα Προσφύγων και Μεταναστών'' (Group of Lawyers for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees)
"GEFYRA", Spirou Trikoupi 21, Exarchia, 10683 Athens, Greece
Email: omadadikigorwnlists [dot] riseup [dot] net
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 17:00-19:00
The Group of Lawyers for the rights of migrants and refugees is an entity of lawyers working on an entirely volunteer basis.Their objective is to provide legal consultation, covering all issues emerging from the current legal framework relating to migrants’ and refugees’ status. The Group also provides pro bono court representation in particular cases.
Central Offices: 57 Stournari str.,104 32 Athens, Greece
Tel: +30 21 05 20 52 00
Fax: + 30 52 05 201
ATHENS POLYCLINIC: 5 Peoniou & Aharnon str., Victoria Sq., 104 40 Athens, Greece
Tel: +30 21 08 21 37 04
Fax: + 30 21 08 21 37 13
THESSALONIKI POLYCLINIC: 1. Arkadioupoleos str. & Ag. Dimitriou str., 54 632 Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: +30 23 10 55 61 45
Fax: +30 23 10 55 17 30
Email: (Use the contact form, provided at http://www.praksis.gr/en/contact, or infopraksis [dot] gr
PRAKSIS is an NGO which aims to provide medical, psychological and legal aid, as well as accommodation and social support to vulnerable marginalised populations including migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, victims of trafficking, ROMA, under aged beggars, destitute, homeless, persons without social insurance, released prisoners and one parent families.
PRAKSIS operates a ‘Centre of Legal Aid ’(Athens andThessaloniki). Anyone belonging to the groups mentioned above can use the centre, in order to receive information, legal advice and consultation relating to their rights and the procedures. The information is provided in Farsi, Arabic, Turkish, English and French.
Reports, Commentaries and Relevant Documents
"Greece: Asylum reform in the wake of the EU-Turkish Deal" by AIDA (Asylum information database) of 4 April 2016 at: http://www.asylumineurope.org/news/04-04-2016/greece-asylum-reform-wake-eu-turkey-deal is intended to inform on the changes in the legislation concerning issues in the course of asylum-seeking process.
Country Report on Greece by AIDA (Asylum information database) as of November 2015 at: http://www.asylumineurope.org/sites/default/files/report-download/aida_gr_update.iv_.pdf summarizes regulations pertaining to asylum procedure in Greece.