Athens, 11 July 2018 - We, the undersigned organizations active in human rights and humanitarian aid, urge the Regional Governor of the North Aegean Region to re-examine her decision to suspend the operations of Lesvos Solidarity in the area of PIPKA on the island of Lesvos.
Athens, June 27th, 2018
The recent death of the three-year-old boy, at Thiva’s Open Accommodation Site, is a fact that must signal the danger to all of us and activate the authorities to prevent such tragic events in the future, SolidarityNow states. Moreover, it underlines the need for immediate action to improve people’s living conditions in the site.
SolidarityNow is present in the site with an experienced team providing a wide range of free supporting services; based on the refugees’ needs, we are deeply concerned about the following:
(Athens) – The Greek government’s move on April 20, 2018, overturning a binding court ruling ordering it to end its abusive policy of trapping asylum seekers on Greece’s islands raises rule of law concerns, 21 human rights and humanitarian organizations said today.
Since January 2015, more than 1 million people fleeing war, persecution and poverty entered or passed through Greece in search of safety and a better life, and more than 1,200 were reported dead or missing. During the latter part of 2015 and early 2016, selective and arbitrary admission policies were put in place by various European countries that eventually closed their borders to all migrants. On 20 March 2016, the EU-Turkey Deal came into effect whereby all migrants arriving irregularly on to the Greek islands would be returned to Turkey.
Every person’s right to receive accurate and quality advice and protection, when s/he believes that s/he has been dealt with unlawfully, is a fundamental right of equal importance as the right to healthcare and education. Access to justice is the minimum denominator of citizens’ rights’ reinforcement and demonstrates the proper functioning of a democracy. SolidarityNow has integrated a legal assistance component across all its projects, with methods varying from information provision to court representation, always provided free of charge.
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.
(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.
Earning a stable income is a necessary condition for the empowerment of people to reach their potential. For SolidarityNow, linking people with the labour market and enabling them to find a job is the ultimate goal of the comprehensive efforts for their social integration, decreasing dependency on state/NGO assistance and providing opportunities for personal development.
Groups Press Greek Officials, EU States for Mainland Transfers, Improved Conditions
(Athens) – The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 20 human rights and aid groups said today. The policy forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in overcrowded, unsafe facilities, an urgent concern with winter approaching.
Athens, 1 November 2017
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.
Do refugee children in their host country have equal access to school compared to students of native descent?
London, UK, July 11, 2017 — Humanitarian organisations welcome the transition to Greek Government management of all aspects of service provision for asylum seekers on the Greek islands and for unaccompanied children throughout Greece.
Can a newcoming population with different social and cultural background become a boost factor for the sustainable development of small local societies?
Local integration is a complex and gradual process with legal, social, educational and economical interdepend-encies; It imposes considerable demands on both the individual and the receiving society.
Athens, Greece, 9 May 2017 – 15 NGOs urge the Greek Government to immediately reverse the recent policy excluding asylum-seekers on the Greek islands who appeal negative asylum decisions from the possibility of participating later on in the International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM) Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme and forcing those who wish to participate to forego their right to appeal.
This snapshot reflects on the information collected out of 724 SolidarityNow (SN) adult beneficiaries. For research purposes, asylum seekers in Greece were at the spotlight of this survey.
It is one year since the introduction of Europe’s flawed migration policies to close borders along the Western Balkan route and return migrants and refugees to Turkey, leaving thousands stranded in Greece. This update provides an overview of the current situation in Greece, and sets out what eight national and international responding agencies see as the most urgent issues to address and the major concerns with Europe’s response to this crisis.