Know Your Rights

Given the insufficient information available for people arriving to Lesvos and seeking asylum in Greece, the Legal Centre Lesvos has since 2021 developed and released a set of info sheets to support people in knowing their rights in different common situations, including several aspects of the asylum process implemented in Lesvos, Greece.

Whilst these info sheet are very useful as a general information, they are not exhaustive, they might be subject to changes and are not intended to be a replacement for the direct legal assistance provided in person by legal professionals. We recommend that you consult a lawyer authorised to practice law in Greece or an organisation proving legal support about your particular case in any event. Please also be aware that the law and practices change, and whilst the information here is accurate at the time of publication (last update on June 2024), some aspects may become outdated and require amendments.

  1. Interacting with the police
  2. In the asylum interview
  3. Admissibility interview for nationals of Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bangladesh & Pakistan
  4. Who is eligible for international protection?
  5. Reunify with your family
  6. After a negative decision
  7. Travelling outside Greece

If you currently reside on the island of Lesvos and are applying for asylum or require legal assistance and information in the defence of any of your rights, please come and visit our Legal Centre, which is located in the centre of Mytilene town, at the street Komninaki 20.  Feel free to visit us during our office hours for information or legal assistance, from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 2pm.  We have interpreters in Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Amharic, and French.


  1. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – INTERACTING WITH THE POLICE

You are looking for general information about your rights when interacting with the police in Greece? You want to know your rights in case of a police control at home or in the street, if you are taken to the police station or asked to testify as a witness? This info sheet which is based on Greek law provisions might be of interest for you.

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2. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – IN THE ASYLUM INTERVIEW

This info sheet contains general information about your rights at the start, during, and after your asylum interview, as carried out under the border procedure in Lesvos, Greece. It is based on Greek law provisions and might be of interest to you before going to any interview with the asylum services in Greece.

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3. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – ADMISSIBILITY INTERVIEW FOR NATIONALS OF SYRIA, AFGHANISTAN, SOMALIA, PAKISTAN & BANGLADESH

The purpose of this info sheet is to provide information about the rights of nationals of Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan & Bangladesh during their asylum interview in Lesvos, Greece. It is based on Greek law provisions and practices by the asylum service.

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4. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION?

The purpose of this info sheet is to provide general information about the asylum in Greece and the main principles of eligibility for international protection. It might be of interest for you if you are about to have your asylum interview and as a reference to go back to before the interview.

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5. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – TO REUNIFY WITH YOUR FAMILY

This info sheet contains general information about rights to family reunification through the “Dublin III Regulation”. It might be of interest for you if you are an asylum seeker in Greece and have family members or close relatives in other countries of the European Union.

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6. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – AFTER A NEGATIVE DECISION

This info sheet contains general information about your rights after receiving a negative decision (or rejection) in your asylum claim while in Lesvos, Greece. It might help you consider options available, depending on at what stage you currently are in the asylum process.

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7. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – TRAVELLING OUTSIDE GREECE

This info sheet provides general information about your rights and options available to leave Greece and and travel to another country during or after your asylum procedure. It is based on EU and Greek law provisions. As rules are changing constantly, please ensure that the information provided is updated or that you seek legal advice directly from the country you seek to visit. 

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