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Falling between the cracks: asylum and irregularity in Greece|

In order to claim asylum in an EU member state, it is necessary to set foot on European territory (de facto if not de jure). To do so requires an irregular entry. At the time of writing, Greece is the most common point of entry into the EU, though this was not the case in 2018 or 2017. Entry into Greece is either via the land border at Evros or across the sea from Turkey.

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