Supporting the Greek Authorities in Managing the National Reception System for Asylum Seekers and Vulnerable Migrants
The program “Supporting the Greek Authorities in Managing the National Reception System for Asylum Seekers and Vulnerable Migrants (SMS)” is implemented by ZEUXIS in cooperation with IOM and is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union (DG HOME). It aims to provide security and support services to 30 Unaccompanied Minors (UMCs) hosted in the Safe Zone of Malakasa Long Term Accommodation Center.
Τhe scientific team of ZEUXIS, consisting of a social worker, psychologist, educatοr, lawyer and interpreters, provided unaccompanied minors with a personalized treatment of their needs for food, health, education, information, psychological support, socialization and social inclusion, development of interests, entertainment, sports and creative activities, in the framework of an interdisciplinary approach.
The aim of the intervention is to empower unaccompanied minors and to best prepare them for living conditions and requirements that will arise for them in the near future. The intervention unfolds around 2 major axes: psychosocial support and non-formal education, through an interdisciplinary approach.
Psychosocial support includes:
⦁ psychosocial history intake to design a personalized intervention
⦁ individual sessions with the Social Worker/ the Psychologist: consultancy, therapy & joint planning of the Child’s Development Plan
⦁ psychosocial group sessions for the communication of important knowledge/information, strengthening group links and peaceful relations
Non-formal education aims at the UMCs’ development of physical, emotional and cognitive/ creative skills through:
⦁ teaching Greek and English to serve the daily communication needs of UMCs
⦁ experiential and participatory activities
⦁ recreational and sports activities
⦁ commitment to safety rules and ownership of procedures
In August ZEUXIS provided protection and assistance services to 33 Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMCs) hosted in the Safe Zone. Enrolment of UMCs in public schools was prioritized and relevant steps included the issuance of ADYM and residence certificates as well children’s vaccination in cooperation with EODY onsite. ZEUXIS also contacted the Directorate of Secondary Education of Eastern Attica to follow-up on the deployment of new Refugee Education Coordinators (RECs) and with the Director of Oropos Vocational Senior High School to clarify the requirements regarding UMCs’ enrolment.
ZEUXIS’ lawyer focused on the issuance of UMCs’ international protection applicant cards with priority to those reaching adulthood and also scheduled the interviews for the registration of thirteen (13) UMCs with the Asylum Service.
As regards non-formal education, UMCs were taught basic communication skills in English and Greek (how to introduce oneself, writing one’s name, country, hobbies), the days of the week and colors. ZEUXIS also introduced life skills activities in the NFE component to enable UMCs to effectively handle issues commonly encountered in daily life. Due to COVID-19, the issue of hospital visits was introduced to UMCs in three (3) sessions, explaining the rules one needs to follow when entering into a hospital, formalities in scheduled appointments, handling of emergencies etc. UMCs also attended an informative session about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) provided by EODY.
The context as well as the quantitative outcomes during August is outlined below:
AUGUST 2020 – PROJECT RESULTS
⦁ 33 UMCs accommodated in the Safe Zone
⦁ 16 members of staff on the field (Coordinator, Interpreters, Social worker, Psychologist, Lawyer, Educator, Driver, Caregivers)
⦁ 24 h presence of caregivers
⦁ Interpretation in Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto and French
⦁ Daily routines (hygiene and ground rules in the Safe Area)
⦁ Distribution of t-shirts, shorts, underwear and sneakers provided by ZEUXIS
⦁ Distribution of personal hygiene items provided by IOM
⦁ Distribution of 891 portions of food provided by IOM
⦁ Provision of monthly cash allowance
⦁ 7 social history intakes
⦁ 19 needs’ / requests’ assessments
⦁ 7 consultancy sessions
⦁ 30 Individual sessions with the psychologist
⦁ 3 sessions for Child’s Development Plan
⦁ 4 interventions in crisis
⦁ 4 group sessions
⦁ 72 referrals/ escorts for the provision of services
⦁ 14 individual sessions with the lawyer
⦁ 1 UMC received his international protection applicant card
⦁ 13 UMCs have scheduled interviews for their registration with the Asylum Service
Education, recreation and leisure:
⦁ 6 English lessons
⦁ 10 Greek lessons
⦁ recreational activities (handicrafts & games)
⦁ sport activities (sports & physical training)
⦁ cleaning activities