PRESS RELEASE – ANNUAL REPORT 2017: ATHENS INTERVENTION TEAM OF ARSIS IN THE FIELD OF DETENTION IN AMYGDALEZA AND TAVROS PRE-REMOVAL DETENTION CENTRES

Athens, 22 May 2018

From 1 January 2017 until the end of the year, a team of ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth implemented an intervention programme supported by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the Tavros and Amygdaleza Pre-Removal Detention Centres.
Specifically, the above ARSIS team, composed by 1 social worker, 2 lawyers, 1 psychologist and interpreters, carried out, throughout 2017, regular visits on a weekly basis (2-3 times a week) to the Tavros and Amygdaleza Pre-Removal Detention Centres, aiming, on the one hand, to provide legal and psychosocial support to unaccompanied minors, adults young detainees and other vulnerable cases, especially, to families that are being detained, and, on the other hand, monitor and perform a systematic recording of the situation and conditions of detention.
The Athens intervention group in the field of detention of ARSIS attempts a holistic approach and support of the detainees by providing legal assistance and psychosocial support, both during detention and thereafter. The introduction of a mobile school in Amygdaleza Pre-Removal Detention Centre and creating an animation and empowerment group in Tavros Pre-Removal Detention Centre are, also, important tools to support and exploit the possibilities of detainees and, in particular, of children in detention.

ARSIS in the 6th Festival of Multilingualism

ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth, participates in this year’s, 6th Festival of Multilingualism, organized by the Municipality of Thessaloniki. The events under the title “Education on the streets for democracy and pluralism” take place on the 18th, 19th and 20th of May.

Friday 18 May

  • ARSIS organizes two intercultural workshops on human rights, using Compass and Compasito textbooks. The first workshop (for kids) takes place on the ground floor of the Glass Building, Thessaloniki Port, from 5 pm to 6 pm, followed by the second workshop (for adults) from 6pm to 8pm.
  • ARSIS and the research group on educational multilingualism DIEPAFI decorate the World-Tree with wishes in many languages (from 6pm to 7 pm at Dock A).

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   (https://www.pier-program.com/), the booster is the Heinrich Böll Foundation of Greece (https://gr.boell.org/el), while supporter of this effort is the Trade Unions Centre of Thessaloniki (http://www.ekth.gr).