The Reception and Identification Service (R.I.S.) implements procedures that relate to registration, identification (verification of identity and nationality), medical screening and treatment and psychological support. It is also responsible for informing migrants of their rights and obligations. Those who wish to submit an application for asylum are referred to the Regional Asylum Offices
During reception and identification procedures, third-country nationals reside in Reception and Identification Centers (RIC) or Facilities (Domes). When the reception and identification process is complete, their status may be revised, they may be deported or returned to their country of origin, they may be detained in Closed Reception Centers or transported to other residence facilities in the mainland.
R.I.C. ensures, according to the law (article 39, paragraph 8 of law 4636/2019), that throughout the reception and identification procedures, third-country nationals have decent living conditions, remain with their families, have access to medical care and receive psychological support. It also ensures that vulnerable individuals and especially unaccompanied minors and handicap individuals receive special care according to their needs. It enables access to legal counsel, communication with humanitarian organizations and contact with family members and friends.
The Reception and Identification Service collaborates with European and International Organizations for migration. More specifically, it works with the following organizations:
- The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
- The International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- The Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees (IGC)
- The European Asylum Support Office (EASO)
R.I.C also collaborates with accredited and registered non-profit organizations (NGOs).