UNHCR urges Athens to rethink migrant detention periods

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday urged the Greek government to review a measure regarding the prolonged detention of migrants for whom a return order has been issued.

The move followed a recent decision by the coalition administration to extend detention beyond the maximum period allowed by the European Return Directive, set at 18 months.

According to the UNHCR, the decision was also incompatible with Greek law.

The organization also called on the Greek government to seek alternative means of detention for those seeking asylum.

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