PRESS RELEASE: One year of “ARSIS Football Club”: a football and solidarity team

M., 23 years old, uses to play football since a young age, in the fields and streets of Kabul. Today he lives in Thessaloniki with his three siblings. Their mother has passed away and their father is among missing people.

M. works as a cultural mediator and attends evening lessons at the vocational high school (ΕΠΑΛ) in the same time. He likes cinema very much and he wants to study cinematography, but his dream is to become a professional football player one day. Also, a 17-year old M. from Afghanistan and 21-year old S. from Iran share that same dream, to become professional football players.

They are all members of the “ARSIS Football Club” established one year ago in Thessaloniki by ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth.

On Thursday, 31st of January, at 21.30 they will play against the Association of Employees of Social Insurance Institution’s (IKA) team, at the Planet Football Stadium (near the airport,


The beloved friend and partner, Vincent Tournecuillert, passed away on Wednesday night, at 21/11/2018, after a road accident just a few days earlier.

Vincent, born 46 years ago in France, was a citizen of the world that knew well how to take care of the important things with the deserved passion, to fight for the goals of his humanitarian mission and to succeed them.

He started his professional life as a journalist and always held the research look that characterizes the journalists worthy of their function. After covering as journalist the wars in the Balkans and Africa, he used to work with non-governmental organizations in various parts of the world for about two decades: Iraq, Bosnia, Yemen, Albania, Morocco, Belgium and Budapest at the end. Wherever he lived, wherever he acted, he was tempted by a deep and genuine longing to understand and respect the ways, the times, and the hardships of the ordinary people he had chosen to work with. With pure scientific and political thought, with knowledge and empathy, he tried to improve the lives of the more vulnerable people among the vulnerable ones.

Press Release: Two days dedicated to children’s rights

The 18th and the 20th of November that have been set, correspondingly, as the Universal End Child Sex Abuse Day and the Universal Children’s Day, are dedicated to children who experience the consequences of economic and refugee crisis.

A basic criterion for the cohesion degree of a society is how it defends its most vulnerable members against all forms of violence. For that reason, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child orders its signatory member – states to ensure children’s access to health, welfare, education, entertainment, information, freedom of opinion and expression as well as to ensure their protection from discrimination and racism.

PRESS RELEASE – The Practice of the Protective Custody of Minors and the Concept of Child Protection

A large number of unaccompanied refugee minors are under protective custody status awaiting to get integrated into sheltering structures.

According to statistics from the National Center for Social Solidarity (EKKA), 1,195 places are currently available in shelter facilities for children, while the total number of unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece is 3,558.

ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth is systematically intervening in detention centers for unaccompanied minors in the wider area of ​​Thessaloniki and Kilkis since 2015. Through an interdisciplinary team, the organization provides psychosocial, legal and material support to unaccompanied minors, trying to create conditions that lead to less damage to the aggravating condition of detention.

In 2017, the ARSIS multidisciplinary team supported 353 unaccompanied minors and in 2018 (until mid-October) it supported 598 ones in detention facilities in Thessaloniki area.

The framework for the protection of unaccompanied minors is probably the one with the greatest gaps, both in legal terms and the one of the necessary logistical infrastructure.

PRESS RELEASE: European Day against Human Trafficking

The increasing rate of poverty and the constant violation of human rights add a new dimension to human trafficking. Therefore, the 18th of October has been designated as the European Day against Human Trafficking.

Currently, there are four categories of trafficking of minors in Greece:

  1. Child labour, whether it be in the streets or in businesses.
  2. Sexual exploitation. 
  3. Recruitment of children who are then forced to join human trafficking gangs.
  4. Kidnapping for ransom.

Since the beginning of 2018, ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth has located 500 unaccompanied minor refugees/immigrants, as well as 250 children from the Balkans living and working on the streets, exposed to harsh conditions and falling prey to traffickers.