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Living separately: The challenges of family reunification and resettlement programmes for refugees arriving in Greece (Unofficial translation)

Thematic
Target Group
  • MIGRATION REASONS
  • RESIDENCE STATUS

Ζώντας χωριστά: Οι προκλήσεις των προγραμμάτων οικογενειακής επανένωσης και μετεγκατάστασης για τους πρόσφυγες που φτάνουν στην Ελλάδα» (Original language title)

In its report Living separately: The challenges of family reunification and resettlement programmes for refugees arriving in Greece, ActionAid reveals that, according to statistics from the Greek Asylum Service, an estimate of at least 5,600 refugees are waiting in Greece to reunite with their families spread all over Europe, as a result of EU policies and the slow pace in the processing of applications for family reunification. In fact, only 283 people have reunited with their families since the beginning of 2016.

Apart from issues linked to family reunification procedures, the report tackles 2 significant problems concerning asylum seekers in Greece: relocation programme delays and the lack of basic information. The lack of effective communication both on the possibilities for family reunification and the progress of asylum applications creates uncertainty and anxiety for asylum seekers. Therefore, the organisation encourages the readers to sign this petition aiming at speeding up the procedures for family reunification and a more inclusive definition of family.

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Source: Action Aid