The situation of refugees and asylum seekers in Greece

1 February 2024. From 18:30 | Conference | English | IEMed
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Greece, and in particular the island of Lesvos, have been repeatedly referred to as the “laboratory” of Europe’s migration policies. From the 2015 so-called “refugee crisis”, to the disastrous containment and externalization policies, the burning down of Moria camp, the systematic and widespread violence at the external borders, the increasing crackdown on Civil Society, and the upcoming reform of the Common European Asylum System. This lecture will look at how the situation of refugees in Greece is not simply a deplorable European exception but has rather become a model for the future of European migration policies.

Elli Kriona Saranti is a lawyer for the HIAS association, in Greece, which is the oldest refugee agency in the world. She obtained a master’s degree in Law from the UCL, in London. During her career, she has worked at the United Nations, in different positions within UNHCR. She has worked “on the field” in addition to holding other positions such as refugee resettlement expert. Her work has led to her working in several countries, such as Ecuador, Jordan, Rwanda, and Greece, in addition to having worked at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands. Since 2020 she has been part of the “Drift-Backs in the Aegean Sea” research.

Session moderated by Laura Huici, associate professor of International Public Law and co-director of the Master’s Degree in International Studies – International Organizations and Cooperation, UB, that co-organises the session.

At the IEMed conference room, Girona, 20 – Barcelona. Also live online on IEMed’s Youtube Channel.


Elli Kriona Saranti

Elli Kriona Saranti

Lawyer HIAS association (Greece)
Laura Huici

Laura Huici

Professor of International Public Law and co-director of the Master’s Degree in International Studies UB

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