The social solidarity in action in the ARSIS Youth Support Centers

During the third year of the refugee crisis in Greece, in 2017, the Youth Support Centres (YSC) of ARSIS were supported thousands of people who were found in need from Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Turkey, Iran and Palestine, also from Albania, Bulgaria, Rumania and Greece.

In total ARSIS supported 3,864 people – of whom 2,577 are minors – from about 30 ethnicities. In particular, it provided 26,794 educational, psychological and sporting services, support in search of work, housing, medical operations, distributed basic essentials and made home visits, while taking care of their participation in social events.

Solidarity with Refugees from Afrin, Syria

The ghost of Idomeni is hovering above the refugee camps in Northern Greece, which have received hundreds of new refugees, mainly from Afrin, Syria, in the past one and a half months.    

Once again tents have been set up in order to provide the newly arrived refugees with emergency shelters. According to the Ministry for Migration Policy 6,632 people crossed the land and sea borders in April.

In April, ARSIS organized an awareness campaign asking citizens for support and even until today citizens continue to show their solidarity by offering money and/or basic necessity kits to refugees.

“Let the game begin” for young refugees and military personnel!

The Football Club ARSIS is the football team set up by young refugees in March 2018 in Thessaloniki. It is about unaccompanied teenagers and young adults who leave in shelters for unaccompanied minors and social quarters of ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth.

The aim of this football team is to strengthen the social inclusion through sports and promote social activity of disadvantaged children and young people. The financier of the project is the PIER program – Protection Integration, Education for Refugees   (, the booster is the Heinrich Böll Foundation of Greece (, while supporter of this effort is the Trade Unions Centre of Thessaloniki (

Annulment of a decision of the Appeals Authority which rejected the unaccompanied minor’s asylum application

Athens, 3 January 2018

After a very difficult year for the defense of the fundamental rights of immigrants and refugees, 2017 ended with very good news for minors seeking international protection. The Athens Administrative Court of Appeal upheld an application for annulment brought by the Legal Service of ARSIS against a decision issued by the Appeals Authority, which rejected the application for asylum of an unaccompanied child from Morocco.

In particular, the Court held that the decision issued by the Appeals Authority was vitiated by a lack of specific and detailed reasons, since the applicant’s allegations of abuse and violence he had received as a child in Morocco were not thoroughly examined. The decision was also declared void because the procedural guarantees for asylum-seekers were not complied with and the right to be heard was violated, since no hearing was given to the second degree.

Greece: As Winter Nears, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Tents on Islands

Groups Press Greek Officials, EU States for Mainland Transfers, Improved Conditions

(Athens, November 22, 2017) – The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 20 human rights and aid groups said today. The policy forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in overcrowded, unsafe facilities, an urgent concern with winter approaching.

Conditions on the Greek islands have continued to deteriorate in the month since 19 nongovernmental groups wrote an open letter to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, calling on him to move asylum seekers to the mainland, where better conditions and services are available.