The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it is “deeply concerned” about the departure of some 9,000 recognised refugees from Greece’s reception system, which began on June 1.
Read the summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic, at the press briefing held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva here:
“UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply concerned over government-arranged exit of some 9,000 recognized refugees from Greece’s reception system which began yesterday (1 June). In the coming months another 11,000 refugees will have to transit from assistance for asylum seekers to general social welfare, once recognised as refugees by Greece’s asylum authorities.
A new law adopted in March 2020 reduces the grace period for recognised refugees from six months to 30 days to make a transition from organised accommodation and basic support to an independent living.