Asylum and Migration

The “Asylum and Migration” Programme in Greece, financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, was awarded a total budget of 16,5 million euros as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The program aspires to contribute to ensuring legal protection, support and care for the most vulnerable asylum seekers, with emphasis on unaccompanied children.

The Fund Operator for the Asylum and Migration programme in Greece is SOL Consulting S.A in partnership with Human Rights 360.

The Programme objective is ‘functioning national asylum and migration management systems ensured and the right to seek asylum safeguarded’, supporting the following areas:

• National systems for asylum and migration management, including voluntary return
• Services to help asylum seekers to exercise basic rights

Programme Structure

The Greek Asylum and Migration programme is organised in four outcomes:

• Outcome 1: “Improved quality of accommodation and other services provided in open reception centers”
• Outcome 2: “Capacity of key institutions to ensure protection of vulnerable asylum seekers, particularly UAMs, is strengthened”
• Outcome 3: “Operational procedures and capacity of the Greek Asylum Service and Appeal Committees improved”
• Outcome 4: “Orderly and human voluntary return of migrants or vulnerable groups is secured”

Outcome 1 will be implemented through an open call for proposals addressed to NGOs. The total available grant budget is 7,632 million euros and the project promoters will be selected through an evaluation process, the criteria of which will be announced in the relevant call for proposals.

Outcome 2 will be implemented through one pre-defined project: “Capacity development for dignified reception and protection of the rights of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece” by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)/NORCAP. The total amount of the grant for the project is 3,5 million euros. (Read more…)

Outcome 3 will be implemented through one pre-defined project: “Quality assurance of asylum procedures and free legal aid to vulnerable asylum seekers” by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The total amount of the grant for the project is 3,0 million euros. (Read more…)

Outcome 4 will be implemented through one pre-defined project: “Assisted voluntary return and reintegration of vulnerable groups” by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The total amount of the grant for the project is 1,0 million euros. (Read more…)

In addition to these four outcomes, the Programme shall contribute to strengthening bilateral relations between Greece and the Donor States. For this reason, a Bilateral Fund is reserved facilitate donor partnership projects by carrying out, inert alia, match-making events and activities in conjunction with launching calls for proposals, as well as by encouraging donor partnership projects in call texts. (Read more…)

Targets and outcomes

In pursuit of its strategic objectives, the “Asylum and Migration” Programme in Greece has contracted with the donor countries (EEA Grants) a set of targets to be achieved, that stem from a results-based management approach serving as guidance for the launch of call and the selection of projects during the entire duration of the “Asylum and Migration” (2019-2024) aa well as a monitoring tool for the implementation of the pre-defined projects.

The Outcomes were broken down into “expected programme results” and, for each of these, output and outcome indicators were established. To achieve the contracted targets, the contribution of all approved projects is critical, through their outputs (goods and services produced by a project for a specific target group or project beneficiaries) and their outcomes (short and medium term effects of a project on a specific target group or project beneficiaries).

The Results Framework attached below shows the functional relationships between expected programme results, output and outcome indicators adopted by the “Asylum and Migration” Programme in Greece.

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