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HOUSING

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) implements short-term programs for free housing in Greece in cooperation with Municipalities or other organizations.

For further information (beneficiaries, criteria etc.) you may address the service offices or the mobile teams of the UNCHR, at 91 Michalakopoulou street, 115 28 Athens, Tel: 216 – 2007800, E-mail: great@unhcr.org and at the local Municipalities.

 

  1. HELLENIC LEAGUE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS  http://www.hlhr.gr/
    Legal advice and legal assistance
  2. UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES   http://www.unhcr.org/
  3. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION   https://www.greece.iom.int/
    Voluntary return, relocation
  4. GREEK COUNCIL FOR REFUGEES   http://www.gcr.gr/
    Legal advice, legal assistance and psychological support
  5. SOLIDARITY NOW http://www.solidaritynow.org/en/
    Refugee support center (Blue Dot Thessaloniki), social and recreational activities venue, educational projects (learning Greek and other languages) and activities for women and children.
    Housing and accommodation programs
    Socio-psychological support programs
  6. DRC (Danish Refugee Council) https://drc.dk
    Provision of assistance in hotspots and accommodation centers, delivery of goods to the hotspots, implementation of programs in cooperation with the local community, protection and legal assistance programs.
  7. IRC (International Rescue Commitee) https://www.rescue.org
    Delivery of goods to the hotspots, intervention and information programs.
  8. SAVE THE CHILDREN http://www.savethechildren.org
    Protection of minors, creative learning programs for kids and adolescents.
  9. INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) https://www.icrc.org/en
    Health surveillance, medication, vaccination programs.
  10. PRAKSIS http://www.praksis.gr/el/
    Programs for board, housing, protection of minors, Socio-psychological support, medical action.
  11. ARSIS www.arsis.gr
    Programs for unaccompanied minors and the hotspots they reside.
  12. METADRASI http://metadrasi.org
    Interpretation, intercultural mediation, unaccompanied minors.
  13. SAMARITAN’S PURSE https://www.samaritanspurse.org
    Intervention in hotspots for the delivery of water, food, goods, medical care.
  14. DROP IN THE OCEAN https://www.drapenihavet.no/en/home
    Protection of minors, programs for mothers.
  15. CARITAS http://www.caritas.gr/el/current-programs
    Delivery of goods

 

Medical organizations

They provide medical care free of charge, medication and implement vaccination programs. The Doctors without Borders implement programs for victims of torture, too.

Doctors without Borders http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Doctors of the World  http://mdmgreece.gr

Red Cross  http://www.redcross.gr

According to article 1A (2) of Geneva Convention 1951, refugee is the person owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.

As a result of events occurring before 1 January 1951 and owing to wellfounded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it. In the case of a person who has more than one nationality, the term “the country of his nationality” shall mean each of the countries of which he is a national, and a person shall not be deemed to be lacking the protection of the country of his nationality if, without any valid reason based on well-founded fear, he has not availed himself of the protection of one of the countries of which he is a national.

For the purpose of the present Protocol, the term “refugee” shall, except as regards the application of paragraph 3 of this article, mean any person within the definition of article 1 of the Convention as if the words “As a result of events occurring before 1 January 1951 and ...” “and the words”... “a result of such events”, in article 1 A (2) were omitted.

Once all the above conditions are considered as fulfilled and the applicant is recognized as a refugee, it is examined if he falls within the exclusion clauses. In this case, exclusion from refugee status is mandatory. 

According to exclusion clauses, Geneva Convention shall not apply to persons:

-who are at present receiving from organs or agencies of the United Nations, other than the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, protection or assistance. When such protection or assistance has ceased for any reason, without the position of such persons being definitively settled in accordance with the relevant resolutions adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, these persons shall ipso facto be entitled to the benefits of this Convention.

-who is recognized by the competent authorities of the country in which he has taken residence as having the rights and obligations which are attached to the possession of the country’s  nationality.

-with respect to whom there are serious reasons for considering that: (a) he has committed a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity, as defined in the international instruments drawn up to make provision in respect of such crimes; (b) he has committed a serious non-political crime outside the country of refuge prior to his admission to that country as a refugee; (c) he has been guilty of acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

D.This Convention shall not apply to persons who are at present receiving from organs or agencies of the United Nations other than the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees protection or assistance. When such protection or assistance has ceased for any reason, without the position of such persons being definitively settled in accordance with the relevant resolutions adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, these persons shall ipso facto be entitled to the benefits of this Convention. )

E. This Convention shall not apply to a person who is recognized by the competent authorities of the country in which he has taken residence as having the rights and obligations which are attached to the possession of the nationality of that country. )

F. The provisions of this Convention shall not apply to any person with respect to whom there are serious reasons for considering that: (a) he has committed a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity, as defined in the international instruments drawn up to make provision in respect of such crimes; (b) he has committed a serious non-political crime outside the country of refuge prior to his admission to that country as a refugee; (c) he has been guilty of acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

 

Cessation clauses (Article 1C Geneva Convention):

This Convention shall cease to apply to any person falling under the terms of section A if:

(1) He has voluntarily re-availed himself of the protection of the country of his nationality; or

(2) Having lost his nationality, he has voluntarily re-acquired it; or

(3) He has acquired a new nationality, and enjoys protection of the country of his new nationality; or

(4) He has voluntarily re-established himself in the country which he left or outside which he remained owing to fear of persecution; or

(5) He can no longer, because the circumstances in connection with which he has been recognized as a refugee have ceased to exist, continue to refuse to avail himself of the protection of the country of his nationality; Provided that this paragraph shall not apply to a refugee falling under section A (1) of this article who is able to invoke compelling reasons arising out of previous persecution for refusing to avail himself of the protection of the country of nationality;

(6) Being a person who has no nationality he is, because of the circumstances in connexion with which he has been recognized as a refugee have ceased to exist, able to return to the country of his former habitual residence; 16 c o n v e n t i o n a n d p r o t o c o l Provided that this paragraph shall not apply to a refugee falling under section A (1) of this article who is able to invoke compelling reasons arising out of previous persecution for refusing to return to the country of his former habitual residence

C. This Convention shall cease to apply to any person falling under the terms of section A if:
(1) He has voluntarily re-availed himself of the protection of the country of his nationality; or

(2) Having lost his nationality, he has voluntarily re-acquired it; or

(3) He has acquired a new nationality, and enjoys the protection of the country of his new nationality; or

(4) He has voluntarily re-established himself in the country which he left or outside which he remained owing to fear of persecution; or

(5) He can no longer, because the circumstances in connexion with which he has been recognized as a refugee have ceased to exist, continue to refuse to avail himself of the protection of the country of his nationality; Provided that this paragraph shall not apply to a refugee falling under section A(1) of this article who is able to invoke compelling reasons arising out of previous persecution for refusing to avail himself of the protection of the country of nationality;

(6) Being a person who has no nationality he is, because of the circumstances in connexion with which he has been recognized as a refugee have ceased to exist, able to return to the country of his former habitual residence; 16 c o n v e n t i o n a n d p r o t o c o l Provided that this paragraph shall not apply to a refugee falling under section A (1) of this article who is able to invoke compelling reasons arising out of previous persecution for refusing to return to the country of his former habitual residence.).

 

Convention and Protocol relating to the status of refugees

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