Refugees blocked out of job mar­ket, health sys­tem

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Thou­sands of asy­lum seek­ers trapped in Greece by slow bu­reau­cracy are fac­ing prob­lems in be­ing is­sued a so­cial se­cu­rity number and tax iden­ti­fi­ca­tion code that would al­low them to look for work and have ac­cess to public health­care as they wait for the ap­pli­ca­tions to be pro­cessed. The is­sue was brought to the fore­front in a writ­ten com­plaint yes­ter­day signed by 25 non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions and ad­dressed to the min­istries of Mi­gra­tion, In­te­rior, Health, Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form, Labor, Econ­omy and Fi­nance. The NGOs also claim to have re­ceived com­plaints from asy­lum seek­ers who were de­nied th­ese doc­u­ments out­right or asked to pro­duce im­pos­si­ble doc­u­ments that could only be pro­vided by state ser­vices in their war-torn home coun­tries. The de­lays in pro­cess­ing asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tions, the NGOs said, set off “a chain re­ac­tion that re­sults in claimants be­ing de­nied their fun­da­men­tal rights.”

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