Relocation From Greece

Relocation from Greece

Lessons learned and looking ahead
Since 2015, over 25.000 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, including unaccompanied children, have been relocated from Greece to other European countries.

Resulting from Decisions of the Council of the EU to establish an emergency mandatory relocation scheme, by bilateral agreements between Greece and European Member States and the 2020 voluntary EU scheme, these relocation programmes have transformed the futures and livelihoods of vulnerable individuals.

Despite arrivals decreasing in 2020 and 2021, a compelling need for continued relocations from Greece still exists, especially given the fact that both the EU Commission and other European countries have the capacity and the resources to offer these people a better future.

With the voluntary EU scheme scheduled to come to an end, 29 civil society organisations call for the continuation of relocations from Greece to other European countries. This briefing paper is based on the organisations’ experiences both in Greece and in destination countries and offers perspectives on ways to improve the process and outcomes of those relocated and, especially, for unaccompanied children.

Read the joint NGO briefing paper here.




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