Χωρίς Κατηγορία

Urgent appeal of humanitarian and human rights organizations for Carola Rackete

On  June 30, Carola Rackete, captain of the Sea-Watch 3 rescue boat, disembarked 42 people to Lampedusa. People who had  fled Libya and were rescued in the Mediterranean She was arrested after spending two weeks at international waters. Today, she faces serious persecution and the possibility of sentencing to several years of imprisonment, because she has, under necessity,  entered the Italian waters and docked the vessel in the port of Lampedusa, defying the Italian authorities’ prohibition.

By implementing the deterrence policy of the European Union, Italy has adopted legislation that effectively criminalizes rescuing people at sea with banning entry and docking of rescue ships in the ports of the country by imposing fines and deprivation of liberty sentences. However, the solution to people’s displacement, which comes out of an absolute necessity, cannot be the return to countries where they will be placed under detention, exposed to torture, or live in life threatening or physical integrity conditions. Libya is a country, where people who are returned are imprisoned in detention centers for indefinite periods and are subject to systematic violence, as has been documented in many reports.

Improving the Greek Reception System through Site Management Support and Targeted Interventions in Long-Term Accommodation Sites

One of the major gaps which ARSIS found at the beginning of the refugee crisis, already from 2015, was the lack of appropriate Accommodation Facilities for Unaccompanied Minors. Having in mind that refugee flows keep on rising to unprecedented levels, the existing Facilities could offer accommodation only to a few hundred minors, when thousands more were waiting for an accommodation or being on homeless status or in “protective custody” which in our country means, unfortunately, detention  in absolutely inappropriate conditions for minors at Police Stations.

ARSIS, trying to contribute and respond to this significant issue, presented, in 2016, a new idea: the creation of “Safe Zone”, i.e. special hosting areas for unaccompanied minors within camps. The idea was accepted for the first time in 2016 and with the support of the international organization Save the Children the first “pilot” implementation of this new model was made by Arsis  to Refugees Reception Centre of Diavata, Thessaloniki. After that, it was established and expanded.

ORION – Actions for the Prevention of the Minors Marginalization and for the Protection of the Child

Duration of the implementation: 30 months, January 2019 – June 2021

Total budget: 965,862.00

The project of ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth, titled “ORION – Actions for the Prevention of the Minors Marginalization and for the Protection of the Child” has been integrated in the Operational Program “Central Macedonia 2014-2020” (code ΟΠΣ 5029944) and it is co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Social Fund).

ARSIS’ CODE OF PRINCIPLES AND VALUES FOR ARSIS’ STAFF AND MEMBERS

ARSIS’ Code of Principles and Values requires our employees, our volunteers, our friends, our members and other representatives of our organization conduct ARSIS’ activities honestly, with integrity, good judgment, equality and independence, following transparent and integer procedures, always in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and in the best interests of ARSIS’ and the children, families and communities we serve. The Code also contains specific requirements addressing financial transactions, conflicts of interest, beneficiary safety, gifts and gratuities, and confidentiality.

See the document here.

SLYMS Program: Socio-cultural Youth Learning in Societies with Mobility

Socio-cultural Youth Learning in Mobility Societies (SLYMS) is a three-year research program, which began in July 2018, funded by the European Commission and supported by ERASMUS+. Universities, Municipalities and NGOs from the 3 European countries (Greece, Spain, Portugal) are all partners of the program. The program is mainly for refugees and immigrant populations. In particular, it focuses on young refugees, as they are currently the biggest challenge.

The research aims at designing and implementing a modern, functional and efficient social model of integration and participation, based on the principles of multicultural education and the logic previous models. SLYMS research centers around the inclusion of mobile populations, with the intention of integration from the base of the community – the Municipality. As well as using previous scientific research, educational knowledge and field experience to do so, personal experiences, knowledge and abilities of the travelling people are also taken into account.