15/06/17: Employees on strike at the Decentralized Services

15/06/17: Employees on strike at the Decentralized Services

Tomorrow, on June 15 2017, the Immigration Unit, where third-country nationals apply for residence permits will not operate from midday onwards due to workers’ strike. Why is this happening? As G2RED has already informed you, two major changes have occurred on the applications for residence permits. These changes concern the issuance of new residence permits with biometric data and the transfer of residence permits for […]

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The “Refugee crisis” in Greece (2016-2017)

The “Refugee crisis” in Greece (2016-2017)

Skype: The first step to be recognized as an asylum seeker | Statistics & Observations By Silvia Giulini This report focuses on the Greek Asylum Service and, in particular, on Skype, which is the first step for a Third Country National (TCN) in Greece to be recognised as an asylum seeker. This report is based on the data collected by our organization, Generation 2.0 for […]

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Latest Statistics Regarding Citizenship

Latest Statistics Regarding Citizenship

Based on data provided to us by the Ministry of Interior, it appears that from the beginning of the implementation of Law 4332/2015, 5.8380 applications for Greek citizenship have been filed by persons born and educated in Greece, 42.5% of whose applications have been filed in the Decentralized Services of Attica. Meanwhile, 27.858 decisions have been issued (about 48%). Apart from the procedure for migrant […]

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Prerequisites for entry to Greek Universities, for third country nationals who have completed high school in their country of origin

Prerequisites for entry to Greek Universities, for third country nationals who have completed high school in their country of origin

Prerequisites After the last amendment of the law 4415/2016, third country nationals or EU citizens who wish to enter Greek universities, shall meet the following requirements: At least one of their parents must not have Greek origin and the applicants must be citizens of the country of the high school they graduated in The applicants must have completed with full attendance the last two classes […]

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Announcement for the Exams on Greek Language Competence

Announcement for the Exams on Greek Language Competence

The Lifelong Learning Directorate of the General  Secretariat of Lifelong Learning & New Generation, is organizing on Saturday, May 20 2017, the exams of the first semester of 2017 for the certificate of Greek Language competence and Elements of Greek History & Culture for third country nationals and asylum seekers, in order to apply for the long term residence permit. Who can take the exam? […]

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Manolada: The Story Behind the 2 euros/kg Strawberries

Manolada: The Story Behind the 2 euros/kg Strawberries

“When I was at school, I read that Greece is the country where both democracy and civilization were born, and I wanted to go there. When I arrived in Manolada, I lived the opposite of what I read at school. But then, many persons started to help me and I understood what those books wanted to say”. These are the words of one of the […]

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Complaint by the Council of Immigrant Integration about the Amendment Voted by the Greek Parliament

Complaint by the Council of Immigrant Integration about the Amendment Voted by the Greek Parliament

The Council of Immigrant Integration, with Generation 2.0 RED’s initiative, published a complaint about the unacceptable amendment tabled and passed by the Greek Parliament, concerning the compensation of the local population of Moria, with money coming from the (reciprocal) fees for residence permits by third country’s citizens. Read the complaint here.

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Updates on the Citizenship Directorate – Delays for the Naturalization Interviews

Updates on the Citizenship Directorate – Delays for the Naturalization Interviews

Last week, the law 4456/2017 was published in the Official Government’s Gazette. Three and a half months after the reformation that divided the Directorate of Citizenship from the Ministry of Immigration Policy, this law makes provision for covering the administrative gaps that had been created, and the delay which followed in the cases of citizenship. In a few words, this law states that: The Citizenship Directorate […]

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160 International Organizations Unite their Voices in a Joint Statement Given the Upcoming European Council

160 International Organizations Unite their Voices in a Joint Statement Given the Upcoming European Council

Given the upcoming meetin of the European Council on the 9 & 10 of March, Generation 2.0 with more than 160 international organizations unite their voices in a joint statement addressed to the Heads of State and Government. After the last ECJ judgment and Hungary’s decision to detain asylum seekers, it is imperative to showcase that only a Europe that defends everyone’s rights, without exception, […]

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Let the “foreigners” pay then

Let the “foreigners” pay then

This week the draft law is being discussed titled “Additional measures for the implementation of the Regulation (EU, EURATOM) 1141/2014 regarding European political parties and foundations, the acceleration measures for the governmental work  of the Ministry of Interior and other provisions”. We have been waiting for this draft for a long time, since it settles administrative matters that have arisen regarding the Citizenship Directorate. On 21.02.2017, […]

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New Statistics Regarding Citizenship

New Statistics Regarding Citizenship

Based on the information given to us by the Ministry of interior regarding the last quarter of 2016, combined with the previous data we provided to you, we present you the quantitative data for pending and approved applications for citizenship under the laws 3838/2010 and 4332/2015, both on the country and the regional level of Attica. By the end of 2016 things were as follows: […]

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“Hellenism” is not inherited, but neither is immigration

“Hellenism” is not inherited, but neither is immigration

Last week’s event, with Riga Dardalis’ question to Steve Kerr, did not come as a complete surprise. If not everyone, most of the people with migrant origins in Greece (especially those without Caucasian characteristics) have been through such a situation. So, if we look at it with a sober eye, it was just a needless question, which just happened to take place on camera. To […]

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We say farewell to Tzanetos Antipas…

We say farewell to Tzanetos Antipas…

It is with great sadness that we say farewell to Tzanetos Antipas, President of the Non-Profit Organization “Praksis”, who left us very soon. We wish a safe journey to one of the first people who stood by the struggle of Generation 2.0. Together we shared common ideas, common experiences and common hopes. Today we farewell not only an extremely active member of the civil society […]

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Let Crete become the rule, not the exception

Let Crete become the rule, not the exception

Keeping in mind all the obstacles that have emerged during the implementation of the latest law on citizenship, the news regarding the number of positive citizenship decisions in Crete are really pleasant.Unavoidably, they are also alarming, given the fact that Crete is the exception and not the general rule. We are referring of course to the 3.500 applications that have been submitted last year alone […]

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Announcement: Closed Services due to Technical Upgrades

Announcement: Closed Services due to Technical Upgrades

The filling of applications or other services (for residence permits and citizenship) will not be possible from 15 to 22 of February, due to technical upgrades. Specifically, from Wednesday 15/2/2017 to Wednesday 22/2/2017, the following administrations will not operate for the public: The Civil Status Directorate (citizenship / naturalization applications) The Immigration Directorates (residence permits) The Department of Secretarial Support for the Ministry of Migration Policy […]

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Coming to Live | Ερχόμαστε για να Ζήσουμε | Kommen um zu Leben

Coming to Live | Ερχόμαστε για να Ζήσουμε | Kommen um zu Leben

We are looking for participants in a theater project for and with refugees! We start with a 10-day workshop that will set up groups which will work for a longer period of time with displaced children using the means of theater. Would you like to take part? Workshop A mixed group of persons with different backgrounds, aged 18-70, will spend 10 days together in a […]

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Report to The Greek Ombudsman for Discrimination in Social Security Rights

Report to The Greek Ombudsman for Discrimination in Social Security Rights

A month ago, Generation 2.0 RED published an article on the discrimination against third-country citizens who live, work and fulfill their obligations towards the Greek state, but do not have equal social insurance rights with their fellow citizens. Today, together with the organization Solidarity Now, we filed a report to The Greek Ombudsman, as this discrimination against citizens who pay equal insurance contributions with the […]

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Citizenship due to Greek School Attendance: What Changes for Private Schools?

Citizenship due to Greek School Attendance: What Changes for Private Schools?

The Ministry of Education submitted a draft law regulating various issues, which are going to be discussed in the Parliament later this week. It is with great pleasure we find among others, the Article 7, in particular the paragraph 5 stating: In Paragraph 1, Article 1B of the Greek Citizenship Code (l. 3284/2004 -A217), as this article was inserted by the section 1A of the […]

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Developments on Residence Permits

Developments on Residence Permits

On January the 13th, Generation 2.0 for Rights Equality and Diversity visited the Directorate of Immigration in Athens, and was updated on the developments regarding the residence permits. New residence permits with biometric data From the 23rd of February, new residence permits are going to be issued. The new residence permits require biometric data, meaning fingerprints and a passport photo (a colored, digital photograph 4×6 […]

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Citizenship’s Office & Reformation: Update from the Ministry of Interior

Citizenship’s Office & Reformation: Update from the Ministry of Interior

Generation 2.0, knowing the concerns raised regarding the delay of the approvals for Greek citizenship, combined with the recent reformation and separation of the Citizenship Office from the Ministry of Immigration Policy, sought information from the Ministry of Interior about the future of the Citizenship Office. As a reminder, on the beginning of December we met with the General Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, who […]

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What is going on with the citizenship issue?!

What is going on with the citizenship issue?!

Nowadays that the whole Greece is making 10 posts per day with Giannis Antetokounmpo #NBAvote and words like im/migrant, second generation and refugee are considered very trendy, we have to deal once more with the never ending issue of citizenship. On one hand, we have an article sweeping all over the media and is shared on the speed of light, the personal story of Mihalis, […]

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Equal obligations, unequal rights

Equal obligations, unequal rights

The migration code (l. 4251/2014) includes the Article 21, titled “Common rights for third-country citizens”. In this article, paragraph 2 explicitly states that “… third-country citizens legally residing in Greece are insured in the same social insurance organizations and have the same social security rights as national citizens”. Well said, since under the social insurance equality, equal social contributions of legal workers in Greece should […]

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“No, we don’t sign on the flag!”

“No, we don’t sign on the flag!”

Scene 1 – Take No345. The episode of Citizenship in the series “The cumbersome system of Greece” has been screened thousands of times in the Greek media, maybe even more than an episode of FRIENDS on national TV. Since it was still called Second Generation and functioning as an informal group, Generation 2.0 was trying to promote equality, respect for diversity and the access to […]

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Meeting with the Ministry’s of Interior GS about the citizenship issue

Meeting with the Ministry’s of Interior GS about the citizenship issue

On Wednesday the 7th of December 2016, after the reformation and the definite separation of the Citizenship Office and the Ministry of Migration Policy, Generation 2.0 RED had a meeting with the General Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Constantino Nikolao Poulakis. Regarding the concerns that have appeared about the administrative changes and the delays, he commented that they still haven’t figured out who is […]

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Atonement for Walid Taleb, four years after the tortures he suffered

Atonement for Walid Taleb, four years after the tortures he suffered

An end was put to the horrendous case that began in the summer of 2012, when Walid Taleb was found unconscious tied to a tree in Salamina, with an iron chain around his neck. Walid was working in a bakery on the island when he became a victim of racist violence and sexual abuse by four people. After five postponements of the court, and with […]

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Mouzalas’ New Statements about Citizenship

Mouzalas’ New Statements about Citizenship

A brief reference to the issue of citizenship was made by the Minister of Migration Policy, Yannis Mouzalas, in an interview he gave to ANA-MPA. Once again it was all about vague statements, which remain unanswered and intensify the feeling of insecurity that prevails in the lives of at least 100,000 children who are still waiting to get the right they deserve. Specifically, when he […]

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“How many refugees have to die before safety is guaranteed in Greece’s camps?”

“How many refugees have to die before safety is guaranteed in Greece’s camps?”

23 organizations, on the 28th of November 2016 signed a joint statement about the living conditions in the camps, for which the government bears responsibility and ought to adhere to specific safety standards. The tragedy in Moria was the result of the inhuman living conditions in the camps. About the situation, not only the government should be held accountable, but also all those who do […]

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“A child who receives Greek education and excels, obviously becomes Greek and has the right to raise the Greek flag” we say goodbye to Kostis Stefanopoulos

“A child who receives Greek education and excels, obviously becomes Greek and has the right to raise the Greek flag” we say goodbye to Kostis Stefanopoulos

A great man and politician passed away at the age of 90, on Sunday, November 20th. Everyone talks about an exceptional and selfless personality who, even though coming from the conservative right party, he always stayed objective and never avoided to take responsibility of his own words. He fought in every chance he got the objective truth and reality, and that is why politicians praise […]

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Molotov attacks from neo-Nazis at the refugee camp in Suda, Chios

Molotov attacks from neo-Nazis at the refugee camp in Suda, Chios

Once more, refugees were targeted through propaganda and disinformation, with the media full of articles about attacks with fireworks by “illegal immigrants” (?!) from the camp of Souda in Chios against the local residents. Fearful comments and broadcasts regarding the episodes yesterday and the day before – November 17th and 16th 2016 – in the refugees camp in Chios have overwhelmed the internet, talking about […]

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The hypocrisy of the Greek political scene once again on the podium of publicity

The hypocrisy of the Greek political scene once again on the podium of publicity

Yesterday, November 16th 2016, on his last transatlantic voyage as the President of the United States, Barak Obama was at the Cultural Center Stavros Niarchos Foundation giving a speech, which was applauded by all those who were present. In his speech he talked about all those things this small but great people gave over the centuries throughout mankind. He talked about the birth of Democracy, […]

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There is a New Ministry of Migration Policy

There is a New Ministry of Migration Policy

The stormy history of migration policy in the Greek system seems to be a standard practice of errors and a sloppy approach, without an established common tactic and organization. When the asylum and reception services were established, went under the supervision of the Ministry of Citizen’s Protection instead of the Ministry of Interior, and they began their function after two years after, without adequate mechanisms […]

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Donald Trump | The New President of the United States

Donald Trump | The New President of the United States

The United States of America have just selected Donald Trump as their new president. Since his submission of nomination, we had expressed our sincere concern about human rights. Throughout the presidential race, our fears continued to grow day by day. Hate speech was used and will continue to be used more and more. We are more than sure that this hate will be expressed as […]

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Details on Greek citizenship’s applications until 30.9.2016

Details on Greek citizenship’s applications until 30.9.2016

According to data given by the Office of the Secretary General of Migration Policy, quantitative data are presented about the approvals of the acquisition of Greek citizenship: a) under the law 3838/2010 (Ragousi Law) and b) under the law 4332/2015 (due to birth or school attendance) for Greece and Attica respectively. Under the law 3838/2010 (Ragousi Law) Concerning the requests during the former legal status, […]

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Citizenship | Immigration Ministry’s announcement about the “New” Law

Citizenship | Immigration Ministry’s announcement about the “New” Law

On July 4th, 2016, the Ministry of Immigration made an announcement claiming that the procedure granting citizenship to the second generation according to the law 4332/15 is moving fast. According to the official data, the first year of its implementation, 27.720 children and young men and women were able to submit their application, out of which, 6.029 were processed. It is our duty to clarify […]

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Update on the Decentralized Services | June 2016

Update on the Decentralized Services | June 2016

The services shall function as usual throughout August except for the services of Attica Particularly: A’ Athens: The service is going to be closed for the public until the 17th of August Central and Western Attica: The service is going to be closed for the public until the 26th of August Northeastern Attica: Τhe service will remain closed for the public until the 29th of August […]

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Amendment on the Greek Citizenship Code

Amendment on the Greek Citizenship Code

Ensuring that every child who was born and / or raised in Greece is considered a Greek Citizen is an ongoing goal for Generation 2.0 RED. Equal Citizens with access to the same rights and obligations, regardless of their parents’ origins. The amendment on Citizenship published Thursday, May 14th 2016, comes to fill the legal vacuum that has existed since February 2013, when the Council […]

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Citizenship: Meeting with the General Secretary of the Ministry of Immigrant Affairs

Citizenship: Meeting with the General Secretary of the Ministry of Immigrant Affairs

Generation 2.0 RED is systematically monitoring the new law on citizenship and the reasons for the delay of its implementation. On Monday, March 28th, we met the General Secretary of the Ministry of Immigrant Affairs, Vassilis Papadopoulos, to set the basic problems we have detected and are summarized as follows: Significant delay in issuing the criminal record from the Ministry of Justice (up to six […]

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Idomeni | March 2016  

Idomeni | March 2016  

“My kids are asking me ‘Where are we going daddy?’ and I respond ‘We are going to the garden’. They think we are going to a garden so they can play. ‘Where is this garden?’ and I ask them to wait until we get there. They are just kids, in the end. They don’t know where we are going. We tell them fairytales to give them hope. But […]

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Regarding the Migration and Social Integration Code

Regarding the Migration and Social Integration Code

The Migration and Social Integration Code, which brings together the current existing legislation, will be submitted to the Parliament on the 11th of March. Although the above mentioned Code is an attempt to solve anachronistic issues faced by foreigners in Greece, there is an evident absence of any holistic approach or resolution of these issues. It introduces some innovations (gives access to the second generation […]

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Antonis Samaras’ Statements on Immigration

Antonis Samaras’ Statements on Immigration

Following the fear-mongering statements by the Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in his pre-election speeches in Evros (05/01/2015) and Chalkida (07/01/2015) against “smuggled migrants” and granting Greek citizenship, we have discovered that: He refuses to comprehend the difference between the term “refugee” and “immigrant”, while deliberately using the derogatory term “smuggled migrant” rather than the correct terms “irregular migrant” or “undocumented migrant”. At the same time, […]

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What does it practically mean to not have Greek citizenship? Or to be stateless?

What does it practically mean to not have Greek citizenship? Or to be stateless?

What does it mean for a person born and raised in Greece to not have Greek citizenship? No birth certificate. Only children of Greek citizens have the “right” of a birth certificate. No Greek Identity card. The official document proving his identity is the passport. No political rights. Meaning no right to vote and stand in local, national or European elections. One cannot study easily […]

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Council of State’s decision regarding the unconstitutionality of law 3838

Council of State’s decision regarding the unconstitutionality of law 3838

On Tuesday the 5th of February 2013 the Council of State’s decision was published, which was first leaked to the press on the November 13th, 2012. The Council of State judged as unconstitutional the provisions of the law 3838. According to the Council of State’s provision, the majority of the Council’s members decided as a perquisite for the Greek citizenship acquisition the awareness of the […]

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Petition for the Right to Citizenship

Petition for the Right to Citizenship

About 200.000 young people were born and raised in Greece to migrant parents. This kids have no homeland since they remain unrecognized by the Greek state, which refuses to grant them citizenship. Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity is the answer to all those who believe that young people with migrant origins are not Greek or/and are very different from Greek kids. The organization […]

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