(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Μάιος

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Manual on regularizations for children, young people and families

Manual on regularizations for children, young people and families

On the 11th of April, PICUM (the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) published the “Manual on regularizations for children, young people and families”. The Manual focuses on the importance of regularization, while also on the impact of good practices and successful campaigns. Children born in countries where they and their parents are not nationals or do not have a permanent residence status, face […]

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In the face of the new European citizens, Europe falls short on diversity

In the face of the new European citizens, Europe falls short on diversity

Every year the statistical office of the European Union “Eurostat” publishes statistical data on the acquisition of citizenship across its 28 Member States. In 2016, a total of 994.800 people obtained citizenship of a Member State of the European Union (from 841.000 in 2015 and 889.000 in 2014), most of which were citizens of non-EU countries. Compared to last year, this increase of 18% comes […]

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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Απρίλιος

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Απρίλιος

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5+1 Myths about Greek citizenship

5+1 Myths about Greek citizenship

Last week, the internet was flooded with duplications of an article published by capital.gr, leading up to the April 14th front page cover of Parapolitics. These articles, fueled with inaccuracies and leaps of logic, highlighted a supposed mass “Greekization” of migrants. It is common knowledge that in Greece every public debate on citizenship will trigger myths and will cultivate fear or hope, depending on how […]

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What do Greeks believe about migration and national identity in 2018?

What do Greeks believe about migration and national identity in 2018?

For the third consecutive year, diaNEOsis conducted their nationwide poll “What do Greeks believe”. With the use of a questionnaire, the study reflects the position of today’s Greek citizen on a wide range of social issues. The 80 questions used capture the views, experiences and aspirations of the Greek citizen on topics such as Europe, the economy, individual rights, education, religion, sexual harassment as well […]

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Manolada: One year after the ECHR sentence, has the situation improved?

Manolada: One year after the ECHR sentence, has the situation improved?

A multitude of greenhouses covers the surface of the land in Manolada. The place, known because of the exploitation of migrant workers in the strawberry fields, was marked in 2013 after a very serious episode. It was the year that field owners opened fire against the Bangladeshi workers, who were protesting because they did not receive their wages for many months. Despite the fact that […]

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Information on the deadlines for citizenship of the second generation

Information on the deadlines for citizenship of the second generation

Find out which categories of second generation have until the summer of 2018 to apply for citizenship As it is known, in 2015 the law 4332 (amending the Citizenship Code) was voted, giving the right to Greek citizenship to the children of migrants born and/or raised in Greece, in that way, restoring the social injustice caused by the decision 460 of the Council of State […]

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ENAR’s Shadow Report: Where is Greece standing on racism and discrimination in employment?

ENAR’s Shadow Report: Where is Greece standing on racism and discrimination in employment?

The 21st of March, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, ENAR (the European Network against Racism) published a report entitled “ENAR Shadow Report – Racism & Discrimination in Employment in Europe 2013-2017”. The report analyzes the difficulties that ethnic minorities face when accessing the employment and labour market – in terms of racism and discrimination- in 23 different […]

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Discrimination in migrants’ social security rights: One more letter to the Ministry of Labor

Discrimination in migrants’ social security rights: One more letter to the Ministry of Labor

On the 22nd of March 2018, Generation 2.0 RED took the initiative, with the support of the Migrants’ Integration Council and the migrants’ communities, to send a letter to the Ministry of Labor, requesting once more to restore the equal treatment for all the insured persons in the national insurance institutions. In particular, we are asking for a regulation which will state that all the […]

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Social security rights of third country nationals are violated once again

Social security rights of third country nationals are violated once again

As we have pointed out before, it is clear that, despite the legislation on equal social security rights, legally residing third-country nationals live, work and pay their duties to the Greek state. However, they do not enjoy equal rights with Greek citizens, since they cannot include their adult children in their booklets. The Ombudsman has also said this since July 2017: Third-country insured citizens are […]

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Another attack on a school in Chania where the Albanian language is taught

Another attack on a school in Chania where the Albanian language is taught

The news of the recent attack carried out by strangers, at the 1st Gymnasium of Eleftherios Venizelos in Chania, where the Albanian language is taught to the children of migrants raises serious concerns. Even though no one has officially taken responsibility, the attack at this particular school is no coincidence. As is well known, this is not the first time this particular school is targeted. […]

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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Μάρτιος

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Course of Greek citizenship applications | Statistics until 2017

Course of Greek citizenship applications | Statistics until 2017

Based on the annual report of the newly created Special Secretariat of Citizenship, the number of positive decisions on the acquisition of Greek citizenship for the year 2017 was 33.718. More specifically, we see that 73.51% of the positive decisions concern applications based on birth/school attendance in Greece. The largest percentage of these (92.07%) concerns applications from citizens of Albanian origin. As far as naturalization […]

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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Φεβρουάριος

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Φεβρουάριος

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Migration and citizenship services out of order on a national level

Migration and citizenship services out of order on a national level

UPDATE Generation 2.0 RED and MIC sent a letter to the Ministry of Migration Policy about the techical problems of the IT system. You can read the letter here. PRESS RELEASE We have recently expressed our concern about the delays regarding the renewal of residence permits in the last months. Despite the intensive efforts of the personnel, the expected increase in the number of applications […]

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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Ιανουάριος

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Ιανουάριος

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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Δεκεμβριος

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Δεκεμβριος

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Delays on the Residence Permits | Press Release

Delays on the Residence Permits | Press Release

Apart from the delays in the Asylum Service, which can be easily spotted by anyone passing from Katehaki every day, over the last past months major problems can also be found in Athens’ Immigration Unit, which serves the entire Municipality of Athens. Appointments for resident permits’ renewals are given on dates after the expiration of the current ones. However, during this time there is no […]

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Renewal of residence permits for those entitled to international protection: Letter to the Ministry of Labor

Renewal of residence permits for those entitled to international protection: Letter to the Ministry of Labor

Upon inquiry of Generation 2.0 RED, the Asylum Service sent a letter to the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Administrative Reconciliation on the renewal of residence permits for beneficiaries entitled to international protection. There have been incidents in which beneficiaries of international protection with a certificate of pending request, which lasts for 2 months, arrive at Citizens Service Centers for KEA (Social Solidarity […]

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Presentation of the new electronic residence permit

Presentation of the new electronic residence permit

The electronic residence permit Since February 2017, residence permits have changed form and now are autonomous from passports, with biometric data which make them more difficult to forge. This change was made because it was imposed by a Regulation of the European Union (EC 1030/2002 with amendment of EC 380/2002) in all countries. What are the biometric features? The biometric features are unique, measurable elements […]

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From Lesvos to Samos: Asylum Seekers speak out

From Lesvos to Samos: Asylum Seekers speak out

“Once I asked a camp worker, ‘How can I live in this situation?’. ‘Try to survive’, he answered.” By Silvia Giulini November, 2017 In the last weeks, Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality and Diversity visited Lesvos and Samos, two of the Aegean Islands that are hosting the majority of the asylum seekers arriving in Greece. The result is a report based on the testimonies of […]

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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Νοέμβριος

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Νοέμβριος

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The assault in Amir’s house and the visit to the Maximos Mansion

The assault in Amir’s house and the visit to the Maximos Mansion

Each and everyone who saw the news on the assault that took place in the house where a family of refugees was staying, got appalled and angry. Broken bottles and glasses on a kid’s bed is an image that illustrates in the most deafening way a big mistake; that there must be something we missed and now here we are. The visit to the Maximos […]

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Latest Statistics Regarding Citizenship: 3rd Trimester of 2017

Latest Statistics Regarding Citizenship: 3rd Trimester of 2017

Generation 2.0 RED, based on data received from the Ministry of Interior, presents the figures for Greek citizenship as they were until the end of the second quarter of 2017, both at a Territory and Attica level. Applications From the beginning of the implementation of the law until the end of the 3rd trimester of 2017 (30/9), the applications for Greek citizenship based on Law […]

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One million Italians without citizenship are still waiting for the great reform

One million Italians without citizenship are still waiting for the great reform

With the reform of Ius Soli still blocked in the Senate, the group Ïtalilani Senza Cittadinanza” started a petition to put pressure, asking for what should be obvious: to being recognised as Italian Citizens. More info on the struggle for the Ius Soli reform can be found here. Here follows the original text translated in English, with which they ask you to also sign the […]

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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Οκτώβριος

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Οκτώβριος

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Announcement on the Procedures of Residence Permits’ Applications

Announcement on the Procedures of Residence Permits’ Applications

ATTENTION: This procedures concern only the Residence Permits issued by the Ministry of Migration Policy, not those issued by the Decentralized Services We inform you that the submission of applications regarding the residence permits which are issued by the Ministry of Migration Policy will take place at Agiou Dionysiou 5, Piraeus, with the following procedure: For the renewal of residence permits of all categories granted […]

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Italy: a struggle for the Ius Soli reform

Italy: a struggle for the Ius Soli reform

Thousands of different stories and faces An infinite love for Italy One request: be recognised as Italians The reform asked by thousands of people living in Italy tries to change the law of 1992 concerning Italian citizenship. In fact, since 1992, to become Italian, a person born in Italy from foreign parents must be legally residing in Italy without interruption from his/her birth and can […]

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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Σεπτέμβριος

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Σεπτέμβριος

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Letter to the Ministry of Labor regarding Discrimination in Social Security Rights of second generation

Letter to the Ministry of Labor regarding Discrimination in Social Security Rights of second generation

The matter of the unjustified discrimination suffered by third-country nationals and their children regarding their insurance rights is once again raised by Generation 2.0 RED and Solidarity Now. The two organizations co-sign a joint letter to the Ministry of Labor, asking for the disputed provisions to be corrected and complied with the Greek Code of Migration and Social Inclusion and with the principle of equal […]

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(Ελληνικά) Ο ΣτΠ δικαιώνει τα παιδιά μεταναστών μετά από αναφορά του Generation 2.0 RED για τα ασφαλιστικά τους δικαιώματα

(Ελληνικά) Ο ΣτΠ δικαιώνει τα παιδιά μεταναστών μετά από αναφορά του Generation 2.0 RED για τα ασφαλιστικά τους δικαιώματα

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Latest data on Citizenship | 2nd quarter of 2017

Latest data on Citizenship | 2nd quarter of 2017

Generation 2.0 RED, based on data collected by the Ministry of Interior, presents figures on Greek citizenship as they were up until the end of the second quarter of 2017 in Greece but also in Attica. Law 4332/2015 Applications From the begining of the implementation of the law until the end of the second quarter of 2017 (30/6), applications for Greek citizenship based on Law […]

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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Αύγουστος

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Αύγουστος

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(Ελληνικά) Παραβίαση Δικαιωμάτων Προσφύγων από τη Διοίκηση – Κοινή Επιστολή

(Ελληνικά) Παραβίαση Δικαιωμάτων Προσφύγων από τη Διοίκηση – Κοινή Επιστολή

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Update on the Decentralized Services for the month of August

Update on the Decentralized Services for the month of August

The Civil Status Directorate of Athens and the Civil Status Directorate of Central and Western Attica will not receive applications in person for citizenship (law.4332 but also naturalization) until the 18th of August. The Civil Status Directorate of Northern & Eastern Attica, as well as the Civil Status Directorate of Southern Attica, Piraeus and Islands will not receive applications in person in accordance with the […]

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Joint Letter of 21 NGOs on Housing Issues for Recognized Refugees

Joint Letter of 21 NGOs on Housing Issues for Recognized Refugees

August 1st, 2017 To: Minister for Migration Policy, Mr. Ioannis Mouzalas Alternate Minister of Economy and Development, Mr. Alexis Haritsis Notification: UNHCR Representative in Greece, Mr. Philippe Leclerc TOPIC: Housing issues for recognized refugees The increase in refugee status and subsidiary protection granting rates in Greece in recent years, which is of course a very positive development, calls for the immediate design and implementation of […]

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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Ιούλιος

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Ιούλιος

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Common PR about the violent incidents in Moria, Lesvos

Common PR about the violent incidents in Moria, Lesvos

Not so long ago after the article we wrote about what is happening in the camp of Moria, 15 organizations have published a joint press release on the violent incidents that have occurred against immigrants and refugees a few days ago. Generation 2.0 RED welcomes this initiative and co-signs. We express our deepest concern in relation to the information, complaints and testimonies about violence and […]

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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Ιούνιος

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Ιούνιος

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After School | Summer Lessons for migrant and refugee children

After School | Summer Lessons for migrant and refugee children

The NGO CIVIS PLUS announces the launch of summer courses at the “Social School Support for migrant and refugee children” under the Open School Program of the Municipality of Athens. Summer lessons and “After School” activities will start on June 27 and will take place four times a week until July 28 at the 26th Elementary School of Athens (Fokionos Negri 63, Kypseli). The program […]

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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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(Ελληνικά) Ανακοίνωση RVRN σχετικά με λεκτική επίθεση από βουλευτή σε εκπρόσωπο μεταναστευτικής κοινότητας

(Ελληνικά) Ανακοίνωση RVRN σχετικά με λεκτική επίθεση από βουλευτή σε εκπρόσωπο μεταναστευτικής κοινότητας

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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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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Μάιος

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ιθαγένειας | Μάιος

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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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(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ελληνικής Ιθαγένειας

(Ελληνικά) Η Εφημερίδα της Κυβερνήσεως | Κτήση Ελληνικής Ιθαγένειας

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Entry to Greek Universities, for third country nationals who have graduated from foreign schools in Greece or elsewhere

Entry to Greek Universities, for third country nationals who have graduated from foreign schools in Greece or elsewhere

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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