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General Secretariat for Migration Policy

The General Secretariat of Migration Policy was established in 2010 by the Presidential Decree 11/2010 (16.02.10 Α’15). Following a series of administrative changes, the Secretariat was re-established by the Presidential Decree 18/2020 (Α34), in 2020.

In general, the General Secretariat of Migration Policy deals with the planning and implementation of:

1. The National and European policies for legal migration.
2. The International Protection policies, including the examination of international protection applications.
3. The Social Integration policies in Greece.

Moreover, the General Secretariat deals with the management of co-financed resources for the implementation of migration policies and develops the cooperation and coordination of relevant actions among the departments and bodies falling within its jurisdiction, as well as with other Ministries, local authorities, public services, NGOs and stakeholders involved in the management of migration and asylum.

Within the scope of its competences, representatives participate in meetings, which take place at an EU and international level, together with the competent EU bodies and/or international organisations, as well as to networks, with a view to enhancing and improving new EU migration policies.

Moreover, they participate and contribute to regional dialogue initiatives on migration between the European Union and third countries. In parallel, the General Secretariat takes all necessary steps in order to enhance cooperation with stakeholders and partners at international level.

In parallel, the General Secretariat takes all necessary steps in order to enhance cooperation with stakeholders and partners at international level.

The General Secretariat of Migration Policy is organized as follows:

  • The General Directorate of Migration Policy
  • The Asylum Service
  • The Appeals Authority

Additionally, the Secretary General monitors :

  • The Managing Authority for Migration and Home Affairs Funds.

Patroklos Georgiadis has been the General Secretary since February 2020.

Patroklos Georgiadis

He studied Theology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and attended post-graduate studies in History at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as post-graduate studies in crisis management at the Harokopio University. He speaks English.

He has worked as a Journalist in the Mass Media and as a Special Expert at the European Public Law Organization, while he has served as Special Secretary at the National Printing Office (2004-2006), Secretary General of the Ministry of the Interior (2006-2009), Secretary General of Civil Protection (2012). -2014) and Secretary General of the Ministry of Development & Competitiveness (2014-2015).

He was the Head of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2014, for issues falling under the jurisdiction of the Hellenic Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection. He was also in charge of Migration Policy and Head of the competent Services.

On 1st August 2019 he was appointed General Secretary of Migration Policy, Reception and Asylum for the Ministry of Citizen Protection. In February 2020, when the Ministry of Migration and Asylum was established, he assumed the duties of General Secretary of Migration Policy.


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