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Project “Accommodation and services to asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection in Greece”

ARSIS is implementing the project “Accommodation and services to asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection in Greece” (Agreement Symbol: GRC01/2019/0000000177), which operates in the frame of ESTIA, the Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation programme, which is implemented by UNHCR and funded by the European Union. 

By implementing this project, ARSIS will establish and maintain 1,948 accomodation places for refugees and vulnerable asylum seekers. 

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).

The goal of this project is the support of a Child Protection structure for the period of 30 months, aiming to offer improved multidisciplinary services. As a result it is pursued that the structure will have the ability to welcome and provide services to at least 1200 children and adolescents in total, developing an holistic scheme of actions intending to protect them, to cover their needs and to operate as a center of mobilization and awareness raising for the local community, regarding children’s rights. In this context the program implements and promotes a structure of holistic social care and protection of minors, providing essential support to children, adolescents and their families.

Building Relationships through Innovative Development of Gender Based Violence Awareness in Europe – BRIDGE

The existing studies point to alarming accounts of gender based violence (GVB) affecting refugee and migrant children and youth in the European Union. Trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse, forced labour are part of the experiences of people on the move. At the same time, the considerable lack of data and professionals’ knowledge and coordination, on the one hand, and the low awareness amongst migrant children and youth themselves, on the other hand, make the issue of gender based violence difficult to tackle. 

In order to strengthen the statutory response to gender based violence affecting children and youth on the move in EU countries, ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth and partners have just commenced the implementation of its regional project titled “Building Relationships through Innovative Development of Gender Based Violence Awareness in Europe –BRIDGE”.

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.