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 Str, 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.
Advocates Abroad is a non-profit organization of field based and remote volunteer attorneys, interpreters, asylum experts providing essential and free legal aid to refugees and asylum seekers without discrimination or compensation. Advocates field attorneys operate throughout Greece, Turkey, and Switzerland - and now Italy. These Advocates attorneys on the ground in Northern Italy are a new and critical addition to European operations. Remote Advocate attorneys are widely diverse in background and placement - these attorneys are qualified in, and based out of, states around the world: the United States, Europe, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine. Remote attorneys have even provided in person aid to a refugee in need, where geography permitted.
ARSIS - Association for the Social Support of Youth
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. The locations of their offices are listed below.
ARSIS Headquarters and Youth Support Centre
28 Derigni Str, 10434 Athens
Tel/Fax: +30 21 08 25 98 80
ARSIS Offices and Youth Support Centre
57 Lezekiil Str, 43100 Karditsa
Τel/Fax: +30 24 41 08 05 00
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
Email: iridapandiriyahoo [dot] com
Contact person: Irida Pandiri
35 Ptolemeon & Sygru Str, 546 30 Thessaloniki
Τel: +30 23 10 52 61 50
Fax: +30 23 10 55 28 13
Email: infothesarsis [dot] gr
MOYSOYRGEIO, Youth Support Centre
2 Zaliki Str,546 31 Thessaloniki
Τel:+30 23 10 22 88 50
SYMPRAXI, Centre for Youth Employment
70 Venizelu Str, 546 30 Thessaloniki
Τel:+30 23 10 27 33 12
ARSIS Office and Youth Shelter, Makrinitsa Volos
Τel: +30 24 28 09 99 39
Fax: +30 24 28 09 99 44
Email: arsis [dot] xenonashotmail [dot] com
Contact Person: Ionna Repana
52, Kapodistriou Street, 104 32 Athens, Greece
Tel: +30 21 05 24 78 79
Fax +30 21 05 24 79 90
Email: caritashellascaritas [dot] gr
Offers social and material support as well as counselling.
ERP - Ecumenical Refugee Program
Iridanou 20, Ilissia, Athens 11528 (near Hilton Hotel)
Τel: +30 21 07 29 59 26 or 27
Fax: +30 21 07 29 59 28
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.
EEDDA - Greek Committee For International Democratic Solidarity
27 Themistokleous str., 10677 Athens, Greece
Tel: +30 21 03 81 30 52
Fax: +30 21 03 83 16 03
Email: marie [dot] lavrentiadouwanadoo [dot] fr
Contact Person: Marie Lavrentiadou
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.
GEFYRA- ''Ομάδα Δικηγόρων για τα Δικαιώματα Προσφύγων και Μεταναστών'' (Group of Lawyers for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees)
Spirou Trikoupi 21, Exarchia, 10683 Athens
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.
The Greek Council for Refugees
Email: papaminagcr [dot] gr or drivagcr [dot] gr
Contact Person (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: protogerougcr [dot] gr
Contact Person (Director): Sandy Protogerou
Tel: +21 03 32 00 23 or 21 03 32 00 78 or 21 03 80 09 90
Fax:+21 03 80 37 74
If 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
9-13 Gravias Str, 10678 Athens
Tel: +30 21 30 28 29 76 or +30 69 48 40 89 28
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.
Hellenic Red Cross
1, Lycavittou Street, Athens 106 72
Tel:+30 21 03 62 1 681 (International Relations Office)
Tel:+30 210 3609 825 (Communication Office)
Fax: +30 21 03 61 56 06
Email: irredcross [dot] gr
The Hellenic Red Cross was founded in October of 1878 with the Presidency of Markos Renieris. They are the main actor in providing services nationwide in response to humanitarian emergencies such as the earthquakes in Kalamata, Pyrgos, Grevena, Aigio, Athens and the wild fire crisis in 2007. The Hellenic Red Cross is committed to addressing the needs and vulnerability of migrants in order to provide protection and assistance. They act to support vulnerable migrants, regardless of their legal status, and to offer them humanitarian assistance. The Hellenic Red Cross urge governments through out the world to respect migrants’ rights.
Contact Person: Laura Carlotta
Email: Carlotta [dot] cimminohias [dot] org
HIAS is a US based NGO helping refugees worldwide. HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom. They protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom, and advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. They have a legal team in Lesvos and provide free legal advice and representation to refugees of all nationalities arriving at the Lesvos “hot spot”.
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.
Praksis also free prime medical care through Polyclinics in Athens and Thessaloniki, to socially and economically excluded and marginalized social groups. Specific services provided are health services, psychosocial support services and awareness/mobilization of the wider community. The locations of these Polyclinics are listed below.
5 Peoniou & Aharnon str., Victoria Sq., 104 40 Athens
Tel: +30 21 08 21 37 04
Fax: + 30 21 08 21 37 13
Arkadioupoleos Str & Ag. Dimitriou Str, 54 632 Thessaloniki
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
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.