Greek asylum services shut down to protect public health

Greek asylum services

Greek asylum services

Greece’ Ministry of Migration & Asylum on Friday announced that its asylum service offices will be temporarily closed in order to protect public health and limit the further spread of coronavirus.

According to the announcement, the Greek asylum service will not receive applicants at its mainland and island offices and will not provide services to the public from March 13 to April 10.

All administrative services are therefore suspended - including registrations, interviews and appeals - while asylum applicants’ cards and residence permits that are due to expire within the period of closure will remain valid.

Further announcements will soon be published on the Greek Asylum Service website.

Meanwhile, Minister of Migration and Asylum Notis Mitarachi on Friday visited the refugee reception and identification center at Malakassa, north of Athens, where he inspected construction work that will convert the existing site to a controlled facility and add a new, closed facility.

Mitarachi was accompanied by Mayor of Oropos, Giorgos Giasemakis.