Asylum & migration: Challenges and good practices during the COVID-19 pandemic Eight civil society organisations are discussing on the occasion of the World Refugee Day

Online event

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On the occasion of the World Refugee Day (June 20), the Fund operator of “Local Development and Poverty Reduction” and “Asylum and Migration” programmes in Greece, SOL Crowe and HumanRights360, organizes the online event “Asylum & migration: Challenges and good practices during the COVID-19 pandemic”, on Tuesday, June 22, at 14:00.

This is the first common event of the Fund Operator and the civil society organisations who have been funded by EEA Grants, establishing a series of activities which will have been taken place by the end of the programmes, in 2024.

 

Programme

14:00-14:10                       Welcome

Maria Fola, EEA Grants Adviser, Royal Norwegian Embassy Athens

Epaminοndas Farmakis, Co-Founder, General Manager of HumanRights360, Director of “Local Development and Poverty Reduction” and “Asylum and Migration” Programs in Greece, EEA Grants, 2014 – 2021

Harilaos Faltsetas, Deputy Director of SOL Crowe, Deputy Director of “Local Development and Poverty Reduction” and “Asylum and Migration” Programs in Greece, EEA Grants, 2014 – 2021

 

14:10- 15:00                      “Asylum & migration: Challenges and good practices during the COVID-19 pandemic”

Τhalia Siopi, Project Manager of DIAPLOUS, ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth

Dimitra Kalogeropoulou, Head of Office, International Rescue Committee Hellas

Koumantataki Christina, Social Worker, “A step forward”, Médecins du Monde Greece

Panagiota Paraskeva-Metheniti, Coordination Department of Transit Accommodation Facilities for unaccompanied minors, METAdrasi

Irene Chazapis, project manager HOUSE2, SMAN – Society for the Care of Minors and Youth

Pepi Marioli, Employability Team Leader, Athens Solidarity Center

Alexandris Vakalidis, Special Site Management Support Adviser, NORCAP

 

15:00-15:20                       “The role of school and the access to refugee children during COVID-19”

Katsamori Dora, Project Coordinator of “Schools for All”

 

Mpogdampeidis Euthimios, School director of the 2nd Gymnasium of Alexandreia

 

 

15:20 – 16:00                    “Open accomondation centers and Supported Independent Living (SIL) apartments of unaccompanied children and vulnerable asylum seeking women”.

Olga Alexiadou, Psychologist & Local Coordinator of Apartments for Vulnerable Women

Elena Giga, Senior Officer, International Rescue Committee Hellas

Papayianni Evi, Social Worker, “A step forward”, Médecins du Monde Greece

Panagiota Paraskeva-Metheniti, Coordination Department of Transit Accommodation Facilities for unaccompanied minors, METAdrasi

Dimitra Adamantidou, Director SMAN – Society for the Care of Minors and Youth

 

16:00 – 16:10                    Beneficiaries’ experiences

16:10 – 16:30                    Closing notes

Event moderator: Ioanna Fotiadi.

 

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Pre-defined Project: Skills on Demand

The project aims to promote the employment of vulnerable unemployed residents of the City of Athens through awareness raising, training and certification, individualized psychosocial and employability support and job placement. The project is implemented by the ADDMA (Athens Development and Destination Agency) of the Municipality of Athens.

Open call project: HOUSE2

HOUSE2 is a new shelter for unaccompanied minors, with a capacity of 16 people. It accommodates boys aged 6-11 years and underage mothers with their children. The project is implemented by the Society for the Care of Minors (SMAN).

Open Call Project: DIAPLOUS

The “DIAPLOUS” project offers 79 places in total to unaccompanied minors and women- single mothers and/or victims of sexual or gender violence, who are asylum seekers in Greece and are homeless or live in dangerous conditions. The project is implemented by ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth.

Pre-defined Project: Quality assurance of asylum procedures and free legal aid to vulnerable asylum seekers

The aim of the project was the provision of necessary support to the Asylum Service to set up a quality assurance mechanism (via developing centrally the Asylum Service’s Quality tools and SOPs and by providing continuous support to new and more experienced caseworkers in a very large caseload of complicated cases), as well as the increase of its presence regionally (to Offices across the country). The project was implemented by UNHCR and finished in February 2020.

Pre-defined Project: Capacity Building Project – Capacity development for dignified reception and protection of the rights of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece

The Greece Capacity Building Project aims to strengthen the capacity of key government institutions in Greece, upholding the rights of refugees and migrants and ensuring dignified reception, especially for the most vulnerable people, such as unaccompanied children and victims of gender-based violence and human trafficking. The project is implemented by NORCAP/ Norwegian Refugee Council.