According to them, thousands of people are waiting for years for the process of examining their asylum applications, and facing the "inhuman behavior" of guards at the entrance gate of the old asylum office in Petrouralia. They find themselves in a state of waiting the renewing of asylum application for 5 or 10 days. During this time they have not recognized any right, under constant threat of possible arrest by Xenios Zeus police operation, and even losing their jobs or their house contract. The same situation is for those who after a long time achieved humanitarian or subsidiary status. If their permit is not renewed, they are again undocumented. One example of this situation is that, although according to the law they have the right to travel, from the airport they are not allowed to depart. Many people have bought tickets, but in the airport they have been stopped without reason.
Afghan and Nigerian community also spoke about the new asylum system. It would seem that for those who manage to be registered is good and functional, because there is a increase of percentage of recognition of asylum seekers. But the reality is that this office in Athens (Katehaki street) is the only one for all Greece, so the access to this office for asylum seekers is very difficult, not to say almost impossible. There are some persons that for months are visiting the office almost every day but they can't be registered. Every day there is a large line of asylum seekers in front of the office, and many cases of persons that have been arrested on the way to the asylum office. The communities are afraid that the same problem they had in Petrouralia will repeat again in the new office.
At the end of the panel discussion, Ms. Xenia Passa from UNHCR spoke about the constant violation of Greek, European and international guidelines by the Greek state and its services.