EASO expands operations in Lesvos to new upgraded facility outside the hotspot

On 16 October 2017, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) moved certain services it provides to assist those claiming international protection in Lesvos to a dedicated facility outside of the hotspot in Moria.

The relocation of these services was made in order to offer better interview conditions that are tailored to ensuring the full respect of the rights of those applying for international protection. 

The move was implemented in close collaboration with local authorities, the Greek Ministry for Migration Policy and the Greek Asylum Service (GAS). Amongst other amenities, the new premises offer enhanced privacy thanks to dedicated interview booths. It also provides for a more secure environment for interviews to be carried out.

Prior to opening the new facilities, the building was specifically renovated in accordance with all the requirements and needs, including security needs, of EASO and GAS. This included the construction of interview booths, new cabling, security features and a waiting area. The facilities will ensure that EASO and GAS can carry out specific parts of asylum application procedures in the best-possible conditions for applicants.

EASO, together with GAS, will continue to be present at the Moria hotspot in Lesvos to offer certain services, including information provision.

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