PIER-Protection, Integration and Education for Refugees in Greece, Italy and Austria

ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth implements in cooperation with two partners, Caritas Austria and Caritas Italiana the program “PIER – Protection, Integration and Education for Refugees in Greece, Italy and Austria.

The PIER Program is funded by “The Coca-Cola Foundation” (TCCF) and it is implemented in two phases:
PIER 1: January 2017 – March 2018 in Athens and Thessaloniki
PIER 2: April 2018 – January 2019 in Thessaloniki
Caritas Austria is the program leader.

The aim of the program responds to immediate protection needs of refugees upon their arrival and subsequently supports their process to cultural and socio-economic integration, whereby children and youth are the priority.

In the Youth Support Centers (YSC) in Thessaloniki and Athens professional social workers, psychologists and lawyers offer legal and psychosocial counselling to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Depending on individual needs beneficiaries will get counselling on an ad-hoc basis or they agree on frequent individual or group sessions.

Educational activities in Youth Support Centers also play a key role. Most of the minor refugees coming to the Youth Support Centers have been out of school for a long time. While the registration for formal education is supported by the YSC, additional relevant and needs-based education activities have been elaborated and will be open for all interested young people coming to the centers. Some of the educational activities focus on language learning (English and Greek) and basic numeracy.

Another basic tool is the Mobile School; the team visits the city neighborhoods. The educational topics are chosen according to the age of the children attending the sessions as well as their needs and interests, classes are held on the street, squares, communities, parks.

At the same time leisure activities are taking place; the Youth Support Centre has elaborated a comprehensive program including activities for recreation, developing life-skills and learning more about the host community´s culture. In order to have an effective integration process of the refugees, young local community members are involved in all activities.

For more information on PIER program please click on www.pier-program.com

Also, you can visit the:

Youth Support Center of ARSIS
9 Spartis, 54640, Thessaloniki
Tel.: +30 2310 227 311 και +30 2311 242 956
Email:  infothes@arsis.gr & kyn@arsis.gr