Refugee and Migrant Children’s Perceptions of Access to Services in Accommodation Sites - Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece, April 2017

from UN Children's Fund, REACH Initiative
Published on 30 Apr 2017


As of March 2017, it is estimated that more than 20,000 (or one third) of the recent refugee and migrant population in Greece are children. More than one third of them (34%) live in accommodation (open) sites across the country. Government actors, national and international NGOs, UN agencies and volunteer groups offer services at these sites with many catering specifically for the needs of children. This factsheet presents a snapshot of children’s perceptions of services provided with a focus on healthcare, legal advice, food, education and protection.


This factsheet presents findings from an assessment conducted by REACH, in the framework of a partnership with UNICEF, on refugee and migrant children’s perception of services available in accommodation (open) sites in April 2017. The data was collected from one safe zone for unaccompanied and separated children in an open site near Thessaloniki and one accommodation (open) site near Athens. On each site, three key informant (KI) interviews were conducted with service providers, coordinators and child protection officers. In addition, focus group discussions took place with children and mothers living in these sites; three discussions with unaccompanied and separated children aged 15 to 17, and one discussion with mothers. As data collection took place in two locations only, findings are not representative of the entire refugee and migrant children population in accommodation (open) sites in Greece and should be considered as indicative only.