Greece toughens its detention law for asylum seekers to a maximum of 18 months

Friday, October 4, 2013

From now on, asylum seekers awaiting a decision on their application in Greece might be detained for up to 18 months. The provisions governing the maximum length of time by which asylum seekers' detention can be extended have recently been changed. It used to be the case that, in accordance with Article 13 in Presidential Decree 114/2010, the maximum duration of asylum seekers’ detention was of up to 90 days and, “If the applicant has been detained earlier in view of an administrative deportation order, the total detention time cannot exceed 180 days”. According to the new amendment, detention can be further prolonged by up to 12 months, by a police administrative decision. This change was brought about by the new Presidential Decree 116/2012, published in the Greek Government Gazette on 19 October 2012. The preamble of the new Presidential Decree states that this piece of legislation aims to harmonize the Greek legislation with the Council Directive 2005/85/EC on minimum standards for procedures in Member States for granting and withdrawing refugee status.

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