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Greece deems Turkey “safe”, but refugees are not: The substantive examination of asylum applications is the only safe solution for refugees

With a new Joint Ministerial Decision (JMD) issued on 7 June, the Greek State designates Turkey as a “safe third country” for families, men, women and children of five nationalities seeking international protection in Greece. It is noted that the JMD applies even to those from countries with high recognition rates for international protection, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. This decision reinforces the policy established by the March 2016 EU-Turkey Statement that shifts the responsibility to protect refugees, including unaccompanied children, arriving in Europe to third countries. 

Online Event – DIAPLOUS Project

In covering the need for safe accommodation for the vulnerable asylum seekers in North Greece, the Project “DIAPLOUS” assists by offering in total 79 places to unaccompanied minors and women- single mothers and/or victims of sexual or gender violence, who are asylum seekers in Greece and are homeless or live in a dangerous condition. 

In particular, “DIAPLOUS” Programme concerns unaccompanied minors, who lived in Safe Zones and are accommodated in the apartments of the Project (48 places), asylum seeker children from 5 to 18 years old who live in the Shelter “The House of ARSIS” (15 places) and vulnerable asylum seeker women- who are alone or with their children (16 places).

The 20-month Programme offers psychological, psychosocial, legal and vocational support, through individual and group counselling sessions, in order for the vulnerable asylum seekers to live in conditions that will help them with their inclusion in the Greek reality. 

The presentation of the project is scheduled for Thursday, April, 22nd on an online event that will begin at 11 am. 

Anyone interested can attend the event through the link: https://vdl-gr.zoom.us/j/85102949318

For more information: Thalia Siopi, Project Manager of “DIAPLOUS” Programme, contact details: 6982489570/ siopi.diaplous@gmail.com

The project DIAPLOUS is being implemented under the “Asylum and Migration” programme of the EEA Grants Greece, by ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth. The “Asylum and Migration” (Addressing urgent needs for the reception and screening of asylum seekers and for the accommodation of vulnerable groups) programme in Greece, financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, was awarded a total budget of 16,5 million euros as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The program aspires to contribute to ensuring legal protection, support and care for the most vulnerable asylum seekers, with emphasis on unaccompanied children. The Fund Operator for the “Asylum and Migration” programme in Greece is SOL Consulting S.A in partnership with Human Rights 360.

More information: https://www.asylumandmigration-eeagrants.gr

The press release here

“German Doctors e.V. helps improve the health conditions of refugees (with extra focus on UAMs and children)”

Duration: November 2020 – October 2022


ARSIS – Social Youth Support Organization with the support of and in collaboration with German Doctors e.V. provides primary health services to the refugee population in Northern Greece.

Volunteer Doctors of various specialties come to Greece from Germany to provide the refugee population with primary health services, addressing the significant issue of the lack of access to adequate health services for hundreds of refugees, and especially children.

Press Release – DIAPLOUS for vulnerable women and children

Diaplous means safely crossing a sea area and four women with their three babies from North and Sub-Saharan Africa are the first to have already settled in the apartments, for vulnerable women, which started operating in Thessaloniki by ARSIS – Social Youth Support Organization, under the program “Diaplous”.

The program refers to vulnerable women, single mothers, victims of sexual or gender-based violence, who have sought asylum and are living in homelessness or precarious conditions.

Project “Child protection, detention monitoring, persons with disabilities support and legal aid in Central and North Greece, Attica and Dodecanese”

ΑRSIS is implementing the project  “Child protection, detention monitoring, persons with disabilities support and legal aid in Central and North Greece, Attica and Dodecanese”, which is implemented by UNHCR and funded by the European Union.

Under this Project, ARSIS will operate a community centre in Athens for the provision of psychosocial and legal support to beneficiaries that will be identified and registered by the street work teams and the team that will work in detention centres.  The non-formal education centres which operate in proximity of the Resource and Identification Centres in Kos and Leros will continue to operate and assist children of school age. Additionally, recreational activities will take place at the RIS facility in Leros. Additionally, ARSIS will coordinate with other actors for the prevention of Sexual and Gender Based Violence and the provision of support to SGBV survivors in Kos and Leros, until June 2019.  In Thessaloniki, ARSIS will maintain street work teams and case management services in order to identify, approach and support children at risk.