In the last months, a lot more asylum seekers than usual have arrived on the Greek islands. On Saturday August 31st, the Greek Governmental Council on Foreign Affairs and Defense hold a meeting and decided on several further steps to address this issue. Most importantly, they decided to change the legal framework and abolish the possibility to appeal for a second time. This means that, as soon as the changes in the law come into effect, there will be no possibility to appeal a second time once the first appeal was rejected. Moreover, the police will carry out more controls to find asylum seekers who have received a final rejection decision and start their return procedure. On the positive side, the government has decided to continue to transfer asylum seekers from the overcrowded islands to the mainland. Only on Monday, there were nearly 1500 transfers. Additionally, more than 350 unaccompanied minors should be transferred from the islands either to their family members in another European state, or to facilities on the mainland.
You can find the whole statement of the government here (only in Greek): https://www.facebook.com/govgr/posts/2779014588780177
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