Red tape delays in the processing of asylum requests in Thessaloniki

The waiting period for refugees, who have filed asylum request applications with the competent authorities in Thessaloniki, can last up to two years, according to a Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) report unveiled on Friday. Thessaloniki GCR branch researchers presented the report in a conference on “Political asylum and migration: Challenges for Greece and Europe” co-hosted with Aristotle University and underlined that the individuals seeking asylum are not adequately informed about the procedure followed.

The report also referred to the lack of interpreters to help refugees go through the asylum request procedures, pointing out that there are only a few reception centers that can accommodate a limited number of refugees.

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