Ombudsman hails improvement in refugee access to free health services

The simplified process of issuing a social insurance number (AMKA) to people applying for political asylum and unaccompanied minors is an important improvement, the Greek Ombudsman said on Wednesday.

The Ombudsman said that prior to a clarification circular issued jointly on February 13 by the ministries of health, migration and labor, refugees and minors did not have full access to free health benefits and services.

From now on, he said, the residence permit under international protection for asylum seekers and children provides adequate documentation to get an AMKA number issued, but he also pointed out that the rest of migrants still do not have access to free services.