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In Greece, more than 2000 refugees arrived each month in 2017. More than 30% of them are children, of whom every 17th is unaccompanied. People have spent extended periods of time in reception and detention facilities, under difficult conditions. On their arrival on the mainland, many struggle to access essential services. To provide families and children with the protection and support they need, we offer psychosocial activities, counselling, safe shelter and non-formal education.

What we do

Child Protection

Tdh provides accommodation and social assistance to asylum seekers and refugees in Ioannina and Thessaloniki as an alternative to staying in camps or on the street. To guarantee their protection, families and children are followed up on by a social worker who supports them with their local orientation and refers them to social, medical and legal services if needed. In the Ioannina Community Center - Mikri Polis, which hosts around 200 children and their relatives a month, Tdh runs various activities to support them in their integration, such as language classes, cooking events, Greek movie nights, discussion groups, arts and crafts events and a child friendly space.

"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


Voices of refugee children in Greece

Terre des hommes in Greece

Beneficiaries 2017


10,888 people


Expatriate / local employees


1 / 38

Budget 2018


CHF 3,720,274




Where we work

Supported by


March 2016
Closure of the ''Balkan route'' and start of intervention of Tdh in the informal camp of Eidomeni in Northern Greece.
May 2016
Evacuation of Eidomeni and start of activities of Tdh in 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.
Project launched to provide accommodation and social assistance for asylum seekers and refugees in Ioannina and Thessaloniki.

Latest news

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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