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Dr Anastasia Chalkia


International, European and National Law on Refugee / Migration Flows

Field of specialization, studies, work experience:

Anastasia Chalkia, Ph.D., is a human rights researcher at the Greek National Commission for Human Rights-GNCHR and course tutor at the Greek Open University, and the University of West Attica. She is also a registered teaching staff at the Greek National Centre of Public Administration and Local Government. For the period 2013-2022, she was working at the Greek Asylum Service, first as a team leader responsible for the Refugee Status Determination and then as Head of asylum units in Athens and Leros. Also, during the same period, she was a National Trainer certified by the European Union Asylum Agency in the training module ‘Inclusion in International Protection”. She has been included in the expert database of the Migration Research Hub (IMISCOE) and she is a Deputy Country Representative at the European Crime Prevention Network (2017-present).

She holds a Ph.D. (2012) from Panteion University and a MA in Criminology from the same University.

Description of prior teaching/training activities:

She was a member of the Working Group at the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) for the preparation of the tool: “Guidance on Asylum Procedure.  Operational standards and indicators” (2018). She was appointed as Substitute Delegate of the Hellenic National Commission for Human Rights at the 2nd Committee for Migration, Ministry of Interior, (2013-2014, 2014-2015). She was a member of the Jury for the European Crime Prevention Award under the Italian and the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU (2013 & 2014) and Assistant of the Chair under the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the EU. During the period 2014-2015, she was Vice-President of the Central Council for Crime Prevention (Ministry of Citizen Protection). She was a Scientific Collaborator at the MA in Criminology (Panteion Criminology, 2007-2016). She has been trained in several modules of the European Asylum Support Office in support of the promotion of quality and harmonization in the area of asylum: Common European Asylum System, Interview Techniques, Interview with Children, Evidence Assessment, Inclusion in International Protection, Country of origin information.

Additional information (such as publications, awards, link, etc):

She has numerous publications and presentations in national and international congresses on asylum; racist violence, and criminology. Also, she has written a monograph (Crime Prevention and public participation, Dionikos, 2017, Greek / English) and she has edited two volumes in Criminology (Volume in Honour of Professor James Farsedakis. The contemporary criminality, its confrontation and the science of Criminology, Vol. I,II, Nomiki vivliothiki, 2012 & (assist.) Criminology in the face of contemporary challenges, On the occasion of thirty years of activity of the Hellenic Society of Criminology (1978-2009), 2011). 

(selected) Publications 

  • (2022) Chalkia, A., Giousepas, A. "The relocation of refugees as an experience and perspective of solidarity and responsibility sharing among the EU Member States", in Dimitriadi, A., Malamidis, H. (eds.) European values and the refugee ‘crisis’, Nisos, Athens, pp. 214-233, [in Greek] 

  • (2021) Tsiganou, J., Chalkia, A., and Lempesi, M., "COVID-19 Crisis as the New-State-of-the-Art in the Crimmigration Milieu”, Social Sciences, Vol. 10 (12), 457,

  • (2021) Tsiganou, J., Chalkia, A., Lempesi, M. “Conceptualizations of the notion of criminal justice through the mitigation of the migration experience: The case of Syrian refugee incomers to Greece”, US-China Law Review Vol.18(2):59-68, doi:10.17265/1548-6605/2021.02.001

  • (2021) Chalkia, A. “Criminal violence and its prevention in context. Specific challenges for the integration of refugees and migrants in the 21st century”, Kury, H., Redo, S. (eds) Crime Prevention and Justice in 2030 UN and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Springer, Cham, pp.447-464.

  • (2020) Tsiganou, J., Chalkia, A., Lempesi, M. “Syrian refugees in Greece. Trajectories of integration”, Social Policy (Koinoniki Politiki), Vol. 12/2020, pp.5-22, [in Greek].

  • (2018) (with Giouzepas, A.) “It's just Europe's turn:EU's and Greece's response to the current refugee and migration flows”, Kury, H., Redo, H. (eds) Refugees and migrants in law and policy - Challenges and opportunities for Global Civil Education, Springer Verlag, pp.436-456, doi:10.1007/978-3-31972159-0_20.

  • (2018) “The impact of violence in refugee and migrant integration”, Criminology (Egklimatologia), Vol. 1/2018, pp. 47-57, [in Greek].

  •  (2016) “Aspects of hate crime in Greece and proposals for their confrontation”, in Gasparinatou, M. (Ed.) Crime in Crisis, Essays in honor of Professor Dr. Νestor Courakis, Ant.N.Sakkoula, Athens-Komotini, pp.1694-1722, [in Greek].

  • (2013) “Racially motivated crimes in Greece in the age of austerity: from victimization to the onslaught of democracy”, Criminology (Egklimatologia), Vol. 1/2013, pp.80-88, [in Greek]. 


 (selected) Presentations  

  • Chalkia, A., Tsiganou, J., Lempesi, M., “Meanings in motion (?): Human rights, democracy and decency in the refugee discourse”, The 21st Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology “Criminology in a time of pandemic”, e-conference, 08- 10.09.2021.

  • Chalkia, A., Tsiganou, I., Lempesi, M., “Visual representations of the refugee experience from those experiencing it. A case study of refugees from Syria into Greece”, The 9th Migration Conference 2021, The Migration Letters Journal. 

  • Lempesi, M. Chalkia, A., Joanna Tsiganou, “Destabilizing meanings of the Rule of Law, Liberty, Equality and Democracy. Refugees from Syria discourse of abstract notions and ideals”, International Online Conference “Contemporary Societies in Motion. Pioneering qualitative research methods in the study of deviance and social control”, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, National Center for Social Research, Center for the Study of Crime, The European Society of Criminology (ESC) Working Group on Qualitative Research Methodologies and Epistemologies, 27-28.05.2021. 

  • “Teaching the UN Sustainable Development Criminology in the Era of Climate Change and Respect for Cultural Identities”, The United Nations Studies Association, 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, 7-12 March 2021, online, Kyoto, 09 March 2021, READ MORE... 

  • Online pre-recorded video topical statements in reply to editors questions, Book Launching Webinar: “Crime Prevention and Justice in 2030 - The UN and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - In Honour of 75 Years United Nations”, The Book edited by Prof. Dr. Helmut Kury and Dr. Sławomir Redo to honour the 75 th anniversary of the United Nations comprises 35 contributions prefaced by H.E. Brigitte Bierlein,former Chancellor of Austria and President of the Constitutional Tribunal, and by H.E. Lech Wałęsa, Nobel Prize Laureate and former President of Poland, 10 December 2020.

  • Conceptualizations of the notion of criminal justice through the mitigation of the migration experience. The case of Syrian refugee incomers to Greece”, 18-20 November 2020, The Criminology Consortium, First Annual Meeting.

  • (with M.Lempesi & J.Tsiganou) “Social integration in Greece: the refugee perspective”, 18-21 September 2019, 19th Annual Conference of ESC, Ghent.

  • (with M.Lempesi & J.Tsiganou) “Subjective meanings of the transition and integration. The case of Syrian refugees in Greece”, 2nd Congress: Social Sciences today. Dilemmas and perspectives beyond the crisis, 06-09 June 2019, Scholl of Social Sciences, University of Aegean, Lesbos.

  • (with A.Giouzepas) “Migration / refugee flows and challenges for Europe and Greece: stable institutional responses in liquid political environment”, 2nd Congress: Social Sciences today. Dilemmas and perspectives beyond the crisis, 06-09 June.2019, School of Social Sciences, University of Aegean, Lesbos.

  • Free legal assistance in the Greek mainland: The case of the Regional Asylum Office of Attica”, Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), Athens Bar Association, 22 June 2018, Athens.

  • Profile of the asylum applicants and the beneficiaries of International Protection”, 3rd Congress of the Department of Political Science and International Studies "Democracy, Development and Safety: politics in the context of uncertainty", University of Peloponnese, 9 December 2017, Loutraki.

  • International Protection: The Greek Asylum Service”, 5th Congress of the Hellenic Sociological Society & Department of Communication and Media of the National University of Athens, Harokopio University, 10-12 December 2015, Athens.

  • Aspects of hate crimes in Greece today”, Criminological Conference in Honor of Emeritus Professor Nestor Courakis, Athens Bar Association, 2-4 April 2015, Athens.

  • THB and connection with illegal immigration”, CEPOL Seminal “Markets related to illegal immigration detecting-tackling-repatriating”, Zappeio Mansion, 2 June 2014, Athens.

  • Immigration and hate crimes: A long journey of victimization”, 4th National Conference: “Social identities and social cohesion. Challenges and Prospects”, Hellenic Sociological Society, Harokopio University 12-14 December 2013, Athens.

Dr Anastasia Chalkia

Greek Commission for Human Rights

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