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Rights and Obligations of Asylum Seekers in the European Union

The European Office for the Support of Asylum (EASO) issued a bulletin containing information on the rights and duties of asylum seekers currently hosted in an EU member state.

Newsletter is available here.

The Bulletin provides general information about certain rights:

Violations and abuses on the Balkans route

Belgrade remains a critical point in the journey of migrants and refugees seeking access to Western Europe, despite the official closure of the "Balkan route" and the risks associated with it.

UNHCR data indicate that about 7,700 refugees and refugees are now in Serbia, including more than 1,000 people still sleeping in the open and 1,700 in official facilities in Belgrade.

"Belgrade is the hub of transit routes in the Balkans," said Andrea Contanta, humanitarian affairs officer for MSF, a mobile news agency.

"Guide" for asylum seekers in Greece

The Greek Refugee Forum issued a useful explanation of asylum procedures in Greece, the rights and obligations of asylum seekers, decisions and applications.

The 'Directory' is available online by clicking here.

It covers all aspects of registration, both for persons who arrived before or after 20 March 2016, as well as for full registration, appeal, decisions on the status of asylum and specific cases such as unaccompanied minors and persons in detention.

To access the explanation click here.

Amnesty International: Transfer of refugees from the Greek islands

Amnesty International has launched a campaign called 'Transfer of Refugees from the Greek Islands'.

The campaign aims to pressure European Union leaders to find solutions to the thousands of refugees stranded on the Greek islands since the EU-Turkey agreement was introduced.

The campaign called on all people to send a message to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker asking him to "put people's lives first and work with EU governments to transfer refugees from the Greek islands to other EU countries."

Updated eligibility for redistribution

The European Refugee Support Office (EASO) has confirmed to mobile news that it has updated the list of eligible nationalities for redistribution from Greece and Italy.

As of 1 April, stateless citizens or residents in Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, the countries and overseas territories of the United Kingdom, Eritrea, Grenada, Guatemala, Syria and Yemen qualify.

This list is updated every three months, based on the rate of positive recognition of asylum claims, across the EU. The listed nationalities meet the eligibility threshold of 75 per cent.

The opening of a new site in the city of Thifa soon

The Greek authorities will open a new immigration and refugee facility near the city of Thiva, about one hour away from Athens.

The property is located near the former textile factory, but this property has not been started yet.

But will start receiving the first residents within three or four weeks.

. The initial capacity of the site is estimated at 700

Once the facility is operational, authorities will consider increasing the facility's capacity.

IOM has renewed the plant and will be responsible for managing the facility.

UNHCR's new website for asylum seekers in Greece

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched a new website that provides useful information to refugees and asylum seekers in Greece. The site provides updated information about:

How to apply for asylum in Greece, for both persons who arrived in Greece before and after 20 March of 2016
How to apply for resettlement if you meet the requirements.
How to apply for family reunification, if you meet the requirements.

The site also provides information on:

1.2 million refugees in Europe during 2016

Eurostat, the European statistical agency, has published information showing that more than one million and 200,000 asylum seekers have applied for asylum for the first time in the EU in 2016.

The number of asylum-seekers for the first time declined slightly compared to the number of asylum seekers in 2015, but this number is almost double the number of 2014:

UNICEF: More risks for refugee children

A year after the start of the Euro-Turkish agreement, UNICEF said that displaced children and refugees face a greater risk of being deported, detained, exploited and deprived in Greece.

European Union: Still redistribution of Greece is very slow program

In fact sheet issued on the second of March / March, the European Commission issued updated information on the progress on the re-distribution, which was approved by the members of the Union in September / September 2015, the program states.

The European Commission reported that there are 20,000 people currently present in Greece qualified for the program of re-distribution to other members of the European Union.

The redistribution of 9600 people just from Greece.