The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Greece has been operating since March 1952. It cooperates with state authorities, non-governmental organizations and other bodies to ensure the protection of refugees and asylum seekers. It also seeks to inform and sensitize the public about the refugee issue in order to create a climate of tolerance and respect for the rights of refugees.
Today, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Greece, with about 330 staff members, is present in Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina and Evros, as well as on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros, Kos and Rhodes.
Legal advice and information on asylum issues (asylum procedures and access, family reunification, relocation, etc.). Protection, Monitoring, Identification of people with disabilities and vulnerable people, Reporting cases to available service providers, Coordination of support.
Referrals are made by telephone, via e-mail or through configured referral channels.