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The European Council on Refugees and Exiles, the Greek Council for Refugees and the Greek Association Aitima challenge the Greek government about his recent decision to maintain foreigners in detention centers beyond eighteen months if they refuse a proposal for voluntary return or they may hide. This decision violates European legislation (Directive “return” 2008), which sets the maximum imprisonment for eighteen months duration (which in itself is already huge, and huge when you consider that these people who have committed no offense).

In English on the website Infomobile:

http://infomobile.w2eu.net/2014/05/08/ecre-gcr-and-atima-urge-european-commission-to-call-for-a-immediate-withdrawal-of-the-decision-on-more-than-18-months-detention/

http://infomobile.w2eu.net/2014/05/09/minister-urged-to-stop-detention-of-migrants-beyond-18-months/

and French on Okeanews:

http://www.okeanews.fr/20140509-grece-viole-les-directives-lue-duree-detention-migrants

together with an article on the criminalization of migration in Greece:

http://www.okeanews.fr/20140506-criminalisation-migration-en-grece