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Greek Council for Refugees

Founded in 1989, the Greek Council for Refugees is the oldest and largest NGO in Greece exclusively dedicated to international protection issues. With a mission to promote the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, through the provision of legal and social services, and through advocacy, strategic litigation, and training of key actors in Greece, such as judges and police officers, GCR has so far supported more than 151.700 asylum seekers and refugees. 

According to its mandate, GCR prioritizes the identification and treatment of the most vulnerable cases amongst asylum seekers, such as victims of racist violence/trafficking/torture, Unaccompanied Minors, etc. To cover the beneficiaries’ needs, GCR which is based in Athens, has established branch offices in Thessaloniki, Lesvos and Samos and members of its staff are on permanent missions in Kos, Chios, Rhodes, Crete, Thessaly/Larissa and Epirus/Ioannina. GCR staff also undertakes field and monitoring missions in camps across the country, with a special focus on border areas, where the population of concern enters the country.  

In order to fulfil its mission, GCR’s work focuses on:  

Legal counseling and representation; 

Social work services and casework with vulnerable refugees; 

Integration services; 

Advocacy activities; 

Capacity building activities for professionals engaged in the asylum procedure; 

Awareness raising and anti-racism activities targeted to Greek school pupils and the general public. 

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