Support for homeless asylum seekers in Thessaloniki
LGBT asylum seekers
Making sure that family reunification transfers take place
It is an unfortunate reality that many families are separated through war and persecution. At present, there are legal ways to reunite them but the procedures are often challenging, long and very bureaucratic. A lot can go wrong along the way and, even when a family holds an official acceptance to be reunited, some obstacles remain. Following acceptance, the Greek authorities notify applicants of their travel details via telephone. If they are not able to reach the applicant, the deadline for transfer might be missed, causing serious delay or even a complete cancellation of the reunification.
To ensure that this doesn’t happen, the Mobile Info Team regularly posts about flight transfers and informs all approved applicants who contact us that the phone number held by the Asylum Service must always be up-to-date. In many cases, we have checked with the authorities that the recorded phone number is correct or informed the authorities about a change of phone number. In some cases where the deadline was close to expiring, we connected the Asylum Service with the applicant directly and ensured, at the last possible moment, that the transfer and the reunification would still take place. Our efforts are rewarded with the reality that family members who have been separated for years, can finally be together again.
Providing information through our phone hotline
We know that the situation in Greece may feel far away for many of you, especially since media attention on the topic has seriously declined. This makes alternative news sources ever more important and we are very grateful that you have continued to follow our work through our monthly newsletter. Please share our efforts with anyone who wants to stay informed about the situation in Northern Greece.
The Mobile Info Team wishes you the best, from the end of summer here in Thessaloniki!