Press Release: The ECHR grants interim measures putting an end to the detention of unaccompanied minors in police stations

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Today, οn 10 October 2019, the European Court of Human Rights, issued a decision on interim measure, under rule 39 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in which indicates to the Greek Government:

  • to transfer the unaccompanied minors who applied to the Court and are detained at police stations, to suitable accommodation centres for unaccompanied minors
  • to ensure that their reception conditions are compatible with Article 3 of the Convention and the children’s particular status

Roadmap

Refugees and Orientation, Assessment Desk, Methodologies, Activities and Participation

Roadmap was a very successful European project funded by AMIF, implemented by a wide and full of expertise consortium during 1/01/2017 – 31/12/2018. Roadmap promoted the entry and labor market integration of migrants, asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection in the European policy on migration. The project’s main activity was the creation and operation of a ‘Guidance Bureau’ in each of the five countries that participated in the project. Each partner-operated for 12 hours per a week for 15 months an open service for the persons of concern providing them with job counseling and market-oriented advice. ARSIS staff was trained through a common European methodology that was created during the project, and sufficiently served 139 people in Thessaloniki.

The experience gained by Roadmap, and the methodology guides will be a key asset to the proposed project. Having already a complete methodology, specially designed during the refugee crisis, by any organization who work with migrants and refugees, for the entry and labor market integration of migrants, asylum seekers, and beneficiaries of international protection is considered a strong advantage of the proposal.

We ensure the protection and care of children victims of neglect, abuse and trafficking.

ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth is a Non-governmental organization founded in 1992 in Greece with the aim of supporting children that face social difficulties and are at risk of social exclusion and marginalization as well as the promotion of human rights and the provision of services for socially vulnerable groups (homeless, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Roma people or people that live under the poverty level, etc.).

The “ARSIS Home” is the only shelter for the emergency accommodation of children at risk, with the capacity of hosting 23 children victims of neglect, abuse, trafficking and smuggling or at risk due to precarious family or socio-economical conditions. 

The services provided in the context of ensuring each child’s best interest include the accommodation, psychological and emotional support, integration to the education system and the social environment, activities for individual empowerment and social skills, support for their independent living.

Until today, the “ARSIS Home” has hosted more than 300 children and teenagers, for an average time of stay of three years, while ARSIS’ objective is not to cut the links with their family environment and to return to it, as long as the proper conditions have been formulated. 

In4Child partners’ Presentation

Lead Beneficiary: ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth

Link: http://arsis.gr/

Partner 2: University St. Kliment Ohridski, Higher Medical School – Bitola

“St Kliment Ohridski” University – Bitola is the second oldest state University in the Republic of North Macedonia and the most important institution in the area of higher education in the south-western region of our country. UKLO is seated in Bitola, but some of the University higher-education and scientific-research units are located in several centers different than Bitola, like, Prilep, Ohrid, Skopje, Veles and Kichevo.
Since its foundation (1979), UKLO has provided higher education for over 42000 graduate students. Currently, it operates with approximately 7000 students in the system. These figures make UKLO a medium-sized, yet comprehensive higher education institution with academic offer ranging among a variety of studies in the fields of Economics, Technical Sciences and ICT, Biotechnical Sciences, Tourism, Education, Health Care, Law, Security. UKLO is composed of 12 HE units and 5 accompanying members, as principle carriers of the academic and scientific-research activities.
Efforts for constant improvement are in line with UKLO’s work not only on the education of professionals, but also on scientific research and innovation and active participation in international projects for various funding organizations and programs. In this context, UKLO shows its readiness to share the longstanding experience in writing project applications, project management and reporting of outcomes, as well as long-term sustainability of project results.

Information about the program “Psychosocial interventions for the wellbeing of children from vulnerable populations – In4Child”

Project In4Child enhances the access of children of vulnerable populations to psycho-social and health services, while at the same time provides educational interventions targeted both at children and parents.

The project implements a holistic approach in order to facilitate access to children on the move, children on the streets as well as children of other vulnerable groups (Roma, migrants, rural areas).

For the activities’ implementation, all partner’s resources and networks will be mobilized, including their volunteers’ capital.
In4Child is an innovative approach for both countries, Greece & Republic of North Macedonia, in the sense that it addresses common challenges in a cross-border manner.