Open Call Project: Transit Accommodation Facilities for Unaccompanied Minors in Chios and Samos

Project Promoter​: METAdrasi
Programme outcome the project contributes to: Improved quality of accommodation and other services provided in open reception centers
Project grant rate: 90%
Maximum project grant amount: 2,224,503 euros

The Transit Accommodation Facilities goal is to minimize and ideally eliminate the time spent by minors in detention centers, until legal procedures are completed, for their safe escorting (through METAdrasi’s escorting missions) to accommodation centers for unaccompanied minors of a permanent nature, throughout the Greek territory. This activity also contributes substantially to the protection of minors against networks of smugglers and traffickers.

METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facilities provide children with a safe, suitably equipped space in accordance with their age. The specialized interdisciplinary groups (psychologists, social workers, special educators and nurses) and the support staff, along with the support of METAdrasi’s interpreters, offer children care, cover their everyday needs and provide psychological and social support, as well as health care and legal advice. The daily schedule of the children hosted is enriched with a variety of activities for their psychosocial development, highlighting their skills. Furthermore, social, cultural, recreational and educational events are being organized in the facilities.

From December 2015 until January 2021, over 265 unaccompanied children have been hosted in METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facilities.

Since June 2020, the transit accommodation facilities in Chios and Samos are supported by EEA Grants, aiming to meet the needs of 280 unaccompanied children.