On Saturday, the 25th of January, at the Ivorian community office in Athens, an informative session was held regarding the new Law on International Protection that came into force on 1.1.2020, as well as the context of the Statelessness issue.
Among other participants, refugees and migrants from the Ivorian, the Congolese, the Somalian and the Cameroonian community, took part in the briefing. The purpose of the meeting was to provide in-depth information and understanding of the issues related to asylum procedures, as well as all relevant provisions of the law. The briefing was provided by the lawyer, Mr. Spyros Apergis, a representative from the Greek department of the Defense for Children International (DCI), who emphasized on the changes that have been made in the implementation of the legal framework.
Moreover, the issue of statelessness was thoroughly analyzed by the President of the Ivorian community and a member of the Greek Forum of Refugees Self – Advocacy Team (SAT), Mr Moussa Sangaré, in the framework of the Forum’s cooperation with the European Network on Statelessness (ENS). The debate has clearly raised the need for further information, in particular on issues of statelessness, as the context remains either unknown or unclear to the majority of the refugee and migrant population in Athens.
The coordination of this informative session was materialized by the Greek Forum of Refugees and in particular by the Advocacy Officer, Mr Giorgos Stephanopoulos.