The Rumour: “If your asylum claim is rejected, you have five days to be deported and get money for it, but if you don’t, they will deport you immediately after five days with no money and no help, and you have to pay for your ticket yourself”.
In Fact: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed to News That Moves that people hosted on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos, who have entered Greece after March 20th, 2016 and whose asylum request has been rejected, have five days to either:
- Appeal against the rejection decision;
- Or, ask for assistance from IOM for voluntary return to their home country, if eligible.
The above conditions apply only to people who have entered Greece after March 20th, 2016 and are currently on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos.
The above conditions do not apply to vulnerable cases.
Voluntary return includes a financial incentive to go back to your home country.
If you don’t appeal, or you don’t apply for voluntary return, you may be be returned to Turkey.
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