GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTION IN THE GREEK ISLANDS IS STILL IN PLACE

We know that in Facebook articles and groups news has been spread that new arrivals to the islands will be able to move freely around Greece. However, the issue is very complex and new things have happened over the weekend. The geographical restriction is, for now, again in place. We will try to explain it to you as well as we can: There was a ruling by the highest Greek court last Tuesday that overturned a decision of the Asylum Service to restrict movement of asylum seekers on the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Leros, Kos and Rhodes. The ruling of the court stated that the geographical restriction for asylum seekers is in general possible, but that the reasons the Asylum Service had put forward to impose such a restriction were not sufficient. As a result of the court ruling, the Asylum Service issued last Friday a new decision, with different reasoning, to restrict the movement of asylum seekers on the islands. This means that in the end nothing has changed, and the geographical restriction is still in place.