New statistics by the Greek Asylum Service show that the vast majority of asylum seekers that leave Greece illegally cannot be returned back to Greece. Please keep in mind, that these statistics only cover asylum seekers and not people that have already received asylum status. Greece is responsible for the asylum claim of people currently in the Greek asylum procedure, and they should be transferred back if they leave illegally. However, the Greek state is rejecting applicant take-back requests in over 97% of cases, so people instead are allowed to stay in the country to which they went. In 2018, out of 9000 requests from European countries, Greece only accepted 233 cases and only 18 people were actually transferred. Germany is the country with the highest requests with more than 6500, followed by Sweden, Belgium and Norway, with around 500 requests each.