After more than two years of assisting refugees in Greece, the Norwegian Refugee Council will end all field operations at the end of this month.
Greece has been the second refugee population receiving country in the EU since September 2015.
More than 51.000 people are stranded around Greece (according to data published by the Greek Government ). The majority have applied for asylum while others wait for relocation or family reunification applications to be decided so that they can move on to other member states.
- 229 residents in the site of Veria, as of 2nd of February 2018, all registered.
- 10 new arrivals were received throughout January from Samos and Evros border crossing. They were all provided with food and non-food items by NRC Shelter/WASH team.
- 2 residents departed spontaneously, 2 under accommodation scheme and 2 were transferred to other facility in the context of family reunification.
- Protection services, including Legal Assistance and Asylum Information are still provided by UNHCR, DRC, and EASO.
• 226 residents in the site of Veria, as of 31st of December 2017, including an unregistered family of 4.
• 21 new arrivals were received throughout December from Chios and Evros border crossing. They were all provided with food and non-food items by NRC Shelter/WASH team.
• 8 residents departed spontaneously and 13 under accommodation scheme.
• Protection services, including Legal Assistance and Asylum Information are still provided by UNHCR, DRC, and EASO.
By Maria Petrakis and Maria Gounaridou
In 2015, nearly a million people from countries ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen fled to Greece, the gateway to safety in Europe. Some are making a home in Greece, learning a language that gave a name to the continent: Evropi.
On a whiteboard, Vassilis Papadopoulos has written the word “late” and circled it. Fifty minutes into the class, Sekou Kamara walks in, but Papadopoulos gently pushes him back out the door.
On 14 and 15 December EU Heads of State are expected to discuss the internal and external dimension of the EU’s migration policy. Instead of proposing policies that represent only the lowest common denominator between member states, the EU should put forward a principled agenda that addresses migration in both a humane and effective way. European leaders should leverage the attention to migration and displacement to promote global policies that are deeply embedded in a strong humanrightsagenda.
- 225 residents living in the site of Veria, as of 31 November.
- 3 new arrivals were received throughout November from Lesvos and Evros border crossing. They were all provided with food and non-food items by NRC Shelter team and Bridge.
- 12 residents departed spontaneously and 3 under accommodation scheme.
- Protection services, including Legal Assistance and Asylum Information are still being provided by UNHCR, DRC, and EASO.
- IRC is still handling PSS and CP. All WP / SGBV or any other protection referrals are referred to UNHCR.
S U M M A R Y
193 residents living in the site of Alexandria as of November 2nd
There were 19 new arrivals
There were 97 departures in total: 35 spontaneous departures, 61 under the urban accommodation scheme and 1 under the relocation scheme.
NRC in coordination with IOM & at the request of the MoMP began the relocation of the camp population inside the site to facilitate space for site works
H I G H L I G H T S
233 residents living in the site of Veria, as of 31 October.
34 new arrivals were received throughout October from Lesvos and Evros border crossing. All welcomed and briefed about site services and amenities by NRC SMS team and provided with food and non-food items by NRC Shelter team and Bridge2.
1 UAM was transferred to Alexandria site, and 24 residents departed spontaneously by own means.
The Syrian war has turned many lives upside down. For Douaa Sakhnini, it has also reversed traditional gender roles.
At 18 years old, Douaa Sakhnini got married. At 19, she enrolled in university. At 20, she had her first child and dropped out to become a full-time mother. She watched with envy as her friends graduated and got jobs.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands, 19 human rights and humanitarian aid organizations said in an open letter released today.
SUMMARY 29 September 2017 was the last day for the NRC Chios office. NRC’s Chios operations ceased on 31 July in line with the transition to the Greek government assuming full management of provision of services on the islands. NRC has assisted displaced people on the Greek island of Chios since 2015, supporting 35,000 refugees and migrants in its first three months.