IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE ASYLUM INTERVIEW: HERE IS HOW TO PREPARE FOR IT

The by far most important part in your asylum procedure is your big asylum hearing (asylum interview). The coherence of what you say in your asylum interview is very important. Remember that your story will be verified with family members and other available information including the database of the Greek police, international news and information you gave in previous interviews. If your story is not consistent with any of these sources your claim will be deemed unreliable and will probably be rejected.

Make sure you explain in detail your reasons for leaving your country. If you were persecuted, then explain clearly why you personally fear persecution on the basis of your race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group. If you have any proof of this, show it at the interview. If not, explain in detail the persecution you have faced.

Tip: Writing down your story before the interview, including all its details, can help you to memorize everything that is important for your case.

Important things to mention are:

Dates and Times: When things happened which made you leave your country

Places: Where things happened

People: If you remember the names of people involved, it makes it easy for the Asylum Service to verify your claims

Remember again, that it is not vague answers that they ask for, but very detailed statements. If you are asked why you left your home country, try not to use general phrases like “I want to have a better future”. Try to be very specific and tell your individual story: Why did YOU not have a future? Where did your life take place and what threats were you facing?