Greek Council for Refugees - Program support - Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Greek Council for Refugees

Program support
Part of the Refugee and Immigrant Support Program.

The GCR Program aims to improve access to free legal aid and social counseling for asylum seekers arriving in Greece. The program involves the provision of legal aid and social counseling at reception and detention centers outside Attica, and especially at entry and exit points, placing emphasis on the difficult area of Evros.

The Greek Council for Refugees was founded in 1989 with the aim of providing social counseling and legal aid to asylum seekers, recognized refugees and other vulnerable groups in need of protection, such as unaccompanied minors, women with children and trafficked persons. The GCR is the largest non-governmental organization in Greece exclusively dedicated to refugee issues; in its 22 years of operation, more than 55,000 asylum seekers and refugees have registered with the organization and benefited from its services.