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Greece

In Greece, the needs amongst refugee and asylum-seeking children and their families remain high. Through our projects, we ensure their protection and promote their integration and social inclusion, while addressing the systemic issues and service gaps which affect the wider Greek population and other minority groups. Since 2016, we have been assisting children in detention and living on the street as well as victims of abuse.

What we do

Children and youth in migration

We join efforts with our partners to advocate against harmful legislation which could leave refugees and asylum-seekers less protected. We train frontline workers on child protection, case management and service delivery. In open accommodation sites for refugees and asylum seekers, we give children and their caregivers information on their rights, legal assistance, psychosocial help and support them with educational and recreational activities. Our regular sports and arts classes promote social cohesion and help children and youth to improve their well-being, build self-confidence and develop their skills.

Child protection

Tdh plays a key role in improving protection measures for children in Greece. While we use sports as a tool to enhance children’s resilience and to promote social inclusion, it is essential to ensure safety and protection of children in sports settings. Therefore, we support sports clubs, summer camps, and various recreational services to develop and implement child safeguarding policies. Coaches and other professionals receive our training and guidance on how to keep children safe while attending their activities. To prevent human trafficking and protect potential victims of trafficking, we work with authorities in Greece and Albania and strengthen the national and transnational coordination mechanisms.

Access to justice for children and youth

Tdh facilitates the access of children and young people to child-friendly justice and promotes the use of restorative justice in cases involving child victims and offenders. This approach focuses on the needs and rights of the victims, the motivations of the offenders and the role of the local community. It aims to heal, repair and prevent harm as well as to ensure that people take responsibility for their choices and actions. Our projects improve knowledge amongst national actors who work with child-victims and offenders on child-friendly restorative justice. They also empower children by teaching them their rights and by supporting them to advocate for better protection of children in the justice system.

"We support children with protection concerns and their families in a multidisciplinary manner, which includes education, medical, legal, accommodation, and psychosocial support services, in order to build their strengths."

Ilias Varelakis, Case Management Team Leader in Thessaloniki

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Voices of refugee children in Greece

Terre des hommes in Greece

Beneficiaries 2018

 

3862 people

 

Expatriate / local employees

 

1 / 46

Budget 2019

 

CHF 2,7 milion

 

 

 

Where we work

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Timeline

March 2016
Closure of the “Balkan route” and start of intervention in the informal camp of Eidomeni in Northern Greece.
May 2016
Evacuation of Eidomeni and Tdh activities at the Thessaloniki emergency reception sites.
July 2016
Regional migration project starts with border countries (Albania, Bulgaria and Macedonia).
October 2016
European Commission funded project begins in Epirus dealing with the areas of Child Protection and Non-Formal Education.
January 2017
European Commission funded project launched in the region of Thessaloniki dealing with the areas of child protection and psychosocial support.
2017
Project launched to provide accommodation and social assistance for asylum seekers and refugees in Ioannina and Thessaloniki.
2018
Projects expand to include beneficiaries from both Greece and third countries. Intervention to support victims from wildfires at the Attica region.
2019
Projects expand to include child protection case management services to children and their caregivers in 9 camps (Attica, Thessaly, Central Macedonia), child-friendly justice, interventions against human trafficking, integration and social inclusion projects using sports.

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Linked publications

FabLab: An innovation space for refugees
Infographic: non-formal education activities in Greece
Greece Inclusion and Integration Support for Refugees in Ioannina
Greece: Psychosocial support
Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017

Linked publications