7 March 2014

The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) in cooperation with ECRE, Amnesty International, the European Network of Migrant Women, European Anti-Poverty Network, the European Network Against Racism and Médecins du Monde is organising a conference at the European Parliament to raise awareness of the challenges faced by migrants in Greece. Registration is open until 14 March.

Greek authorities have put in place measures both within the country and at the external border to reduce irregular migration including large scale sweep operations, increased surveillance of the border, the construction of a fence in the Evros region and additional detention centres.

In Greece, migrants have limited access to asylum procedures, very few work opportunities and almost no recourse to public services or protection. They also face increasing discrimination, destitution and exclusion in the country.

Evidence from civil society organisations, such as Aitima and the Greek Forum of Refugees, regarding the challenges that migrants and their advocates are facing in Greece will be brought to the European Parliament and participants will be asked to consider concrete measures that Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and other EU institutions can take to improve the treatment of migrants in Greece. The event will be hosted by MEP Nikos Chrysogelos (Greens/EFA), MEP Maria Eleni Koppa (S&D), and MEP Kriton Arsenis (S&D).

This event is organised as part of the project “Promoting EU Action to Address Criminalisation of and Violence Against Migrants in Greece”.

This article originally appeared in the ECRE Weekly Bulletin of 07 March 2014
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