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The First Reception Service was established by law n. 3907/2011.
The objective of the First Reception Service is the reception of third country nationals who are arrested due to illegal entry or stay in Greece, under conditions that guarantee human dignity and their rights, in accordance with the international obligations of the country. This reception, in addition to ensuring the immediate vital needs of the third country nationals, includes certain procedures, such as identification, registration, medical screening and socio-psychological support, provision of information on their rights and obligations, and the referral of vulnerable persons such as unaccompanied minors and victims of torture. When an application for asylum or another form of international protection is made, the third country nationals will be referred to the Asylum Service which will decide upon the applications. Third country nationals who do not meet the criteria for remaining legally in the country will be referred to the Hellenic Police. These procedures will be undertaken by the regional First Reception Services, which shall be created over the next months throughout the territory of Greece in accordance with the provisions of the above- mentioned law. The smooth operation of the First Reception Services will have as result improving the sense of security of Greek citizens and public order, since migration flows will be managed more efficiently, as well as respecting the rights of third country nationals.
The First Reception Service is an autonomous body reporting to the Minister of Citizen Protection, and is headed by a Director, who is appointed by the Minister of Citizen Protection following a public announcement, and for a period of three years.
Mr Panagiotis Nikas is the Director of the First Reception Service.