Information - Historical Data
Migration is a major topic for the European Union and an especially sensitive topic for the Greek society, as Greece is today the major gateway of migrants and asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East to the European Union. Most of entrants want to move on to other EU countries, but end up remaining in Greece.
In order to cope with this situation, the Greek state implemented legislative instruments on migration, making provision for the establishment of a migration management system through the operation of an independent Asylum Service, the operation of First Reception Centers, the return of irregular migrants and the unification of residence and work permits. Furthermore, the Greek Government asked for European solidarity and is utilizing European tools and emergency funds for humanitarian aid to respond to high migration waves and to help the refugees and the migrants.
The Greek Government, adapted quickly to this environment, shifting its policy priorities to promoting integration and social inclusion of migrants in the Greek society. Recently, in the Hellenic Parliament a new law was passed entitled “Migration and social inclusion code and other provisions” and its revisions.
In this context, since 2010, the Greek Parliament, in cooperation with the Independent Authority «The Greek Ombudsman», has proceeded in the implementation of 4 projects in relation to discrimination and migration:
- “Combating Stereotypes and Discrimination. Actions Promoting Participation, Inclusion and Diversity” co-funded under the IRIS PROGRESS project (2007-2013),
- “Combating Discrimination in the Field of Entrepreneurship. Women and young Roma and Muslim immigrants”, co-funded under the Progress Action Grants 2012,
- “Development of a Monitoring system of pre-removal and return procedures of immigrants”, co-funded under the Return EU Fund (2012-2013),
- “External Monitoring System On Forced Returns 2016-2018” co-funded under the Asylum, Migration and Integration EU Fund (2014-2020).