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

Joint statement by 56 civil society organisations regarding the National Recovery Plan

On March 23rd 2021, 70 civil society organisations sent an open letter to the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Skylakakis, expressing our concern about the lack of transparency and limited opportunities to participate in the drafting of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. The letter was also copied to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance, and the European Commission Recovery and Resilience Task Force (RECOVER). So far, the government has not responded. 

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

Duration: November 2020 – October 2022

Description:

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.

Joint Action for the creation of an initiative of organisations in relation to push-backs

Over the last years, the undersigned organisations have been receiving allegations of push-backs at the country’s land and sea borders. This practice seems to have now acquired systematic characteristics and constitutes an official state policy aiming at the prevention of refugee and migrant flows.

Although not a new phenomenon, this policy of land and sea push-backs has, however, escalated in an unprecedented fashion over the last year, both in terms of frequency of incidents and of the means employed. Dozens of complaints, substantiated by evidence (videos, testimonies and photos), have been recorded. 

ANNOUNCEMENT Illegal pushbacks, Lives at risk, NGOs under prosecution: Investigations on pushbacks at the EU level, targeting of those highlighting them in Greece

In the past year, we have become witnesses of an escalation in the number of reported refugee and migrant pushbacks from the Greek borders (land and sea) to Turkey[1], in the context of the broader harshening of the European Union’s political stance vis a vis the management of the Refugee Issue, since the EU-Turkey Statement was adopted[2]. Without undergoing registration, without access to the asylum procedure or any other legal procedure, men, women and children who have just entered and/or are already in the country seeking protection are summarily, violently and indiscriminately returned to Turkey, in violation of any notion of national, European and international law.