UN High Commissioner for Refugees Fillipo Grandi to visit Athens August 23-25

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Fillipo Grandi to visit Athens August 23-25

Athens, August 23, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Yannis Mouzalas gives press conference on the results of pre-registration

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi will be in Greece August 23-25 to assess the humanitarian needs of refugees and migrants, and the way UNHCR will further contribute to the humanitarian crisis.

The High Commissioner will meet with the President of the Greek Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, as well as with members of the Cabinet.

He will also meet refugees and asylum seekers in temporary refugee hosting areas in Attica and Central Macedonia, and will meet with representatives of local authorities, civil society and other partners.

The High Commissioner will be accompanied by the Director of the Regional Office of the High Commission for Europe and Regional Coordinator for the Refugee Crisis, Vincent Cochete, and spokesman of the High Commissioner, Melissa Fleming.

On Tuesday August 23, Deputy Minister of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction responsible for Migration Policy issues Yannis Mouzalas, along with representatives of the Asylum Service, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the European Support Office on Asylum (EASO), will give a press conference on the completion of the pre-registration process.

From early June to late July 2016, the Asylum Service has implemented a pre-registration program, which gave the opportunity to lodge an asylum request, the request for family reunification or for relocation. The right to pre-registration had everyone who arrived in Greece before March 20, 2016, were on the mainland and wished to request international protection.

The pre-registration is the first step to access one of the legal ways and can lead to:

(A) examination of the application for international protection by the Greek authorities, and possible the awarding of such.

(B) transfer to another member state of the European Union under the Dublin III Regulation.

(C) transfer to another member state under the relocation program.