Concerns for hundreds of unaccompanied children sleeping rough in Greece this winter
NGOs launch roadmap for handover of refugee response to Greek Government
More than 2,000 unaccompanied children are on the waiting list for safe shelters in Greece, according to a new report by 12 organisations. The chronic shortage of accommodation for children is just one of the gaps in services that is worsening as the Greek Government prepares to take full control of the refugee response.
Addis Ababa, 12 December 2017 – The traditional image of refugees in sprawling rural settlements and camps no long accurately depicts the reality of today’s refugee situation. With more than half of the world’s refugees living in cities and urban areas, the refugee experience itself has changed in many ways. The life of a forced migrant in an urban environment is often one invisibility and simultaneous exposure. Urban refugees and asylum seekers constantly face protection risks and are often denied access to basic services, exposing them to unique social vulnerabilities.
Les associations nationales d’hébergement et de lutte contre l’exclusion ont été réunies aujourd’hui 8 décembre 2017 par le ministre de l’ Intérieur et le ministre de la Cohésion des Territoires pour une présentation du projet gouvernemental d’examen de la situation administrative des étrangers présents dans les centres d’hébergement accueillant les sans-abri.
San Lorenzo, 7 December 2017 – Maria Dolores is Ecuadorian but lived in Cali, Colombia until the violence of armed conflict in the area intensified, forcing her to return to her home country. In Ecuador, she participates in JRS’s citizenship and human rights program and supports an adult literacy initiative. The JRS Ecuador citizenship and human rights program trains refugees and other organisations dealing with forcibly displaced persons to understand rights regarding citizenship and migration.
(Athens) – The Greek government, with the support of European Union leaders, should act now before the onset of winter to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 12 human rights and humanitarian organizations said in a campaign that began today.
The groups began a countdown to the official start of winter, December 21, 2017. They said that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, with the support of EU leaders, should immediately transfer people to improved conditions on the mainland and take concrete measures by December 21 so that no asylum seekers are left out in the cold.