Greece opens four registration centres for Ukrainian refugees, speeds up residency process

Ukrainian refugees

Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi announced on Friday that registration centres for Ukrainian refugees will operate at the regional asylum offices in Patras, Thessaloniki, Heraklion and Athens.

"As we have clarified, Greece will offer a 12-month residence and work permit to people who, due to the Russian invasion, were forced to leave their homes," he said after his visit to the regional asylum office of Thessaloniki.

"They will go to the centres after a pre-registration that will be done digitally to receive their 12-month permit identity card and, at the same time, to receive their Social Security Number (AMKA) and the Tax Registration Number (AFM) to make it easy for them to adapt during the period that Greece offers them hospitality," said Mitarachi.

Later, Mitarachi left for the city of Serres to visit the passport control centre at the Promachonas border post, where a migration ministry reception and identification centre is operating.

He also visited the refugee and migrant facility at Sintiki.

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