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«SMS» Project
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 two social workers, 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 intervention aims to empower unaccompanied minors and to best prepare them for living conditions and requirements that will arise for them shortly. The intervention unfolds around 2 significant 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 Workers/ 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 emotional, cognitive and creative skills through:

• teaching Greek and English to serve the daily communication needs of UMCs
• experiential and participatory activities
• recreational activities
• commitment to safety rules and ownership of procedures

During May, the number of unique Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMCs) who were accommodated in the Safe Zone and received protection and assistance services was thirty-three (33). ZEUXIS’ field team welcomed seven (7) new UMCs and in terms of departures, one (1) UMC was transferred to a Transit Hub (hotel) as a relocation beneficiary.

Τhe psychosocial unit continued protecting and promoting the psychosocial well-being of UMCs, providing guidance and personalized addressing of their needs. The subjects discussed with UMCs focused during the individual sessions mainly on procedural issues, empowerment of the UMCs, self-esteem improvement, food issues, UMCs impressions after attending school, and encouraging participation in recreational activities. Besides, guidance on cohabitation and health-related issues was provided to beneficiaries. Moreover, ZEUXIS’ social workers continued the vaccination of UMC, particularly four (4) UMCs were vaccinated during the reference month.

ZEUXIS’ lawyer submitted three (3) requests for family reunification in Spain and Germany. In addition, one (1) family reunification application case was successfully finalized, and the UMC will be reunited with his brother in Germany. Additionally, EASO informed ZEUXIS regarding the relocation application of one (1) beneficiary, which was positive, and he will be relocated to France. Moreover, ZEUXIS’ lawyer is in communication with the Dublin Unit concerned six (6) beneficiaries’ cases.

As regard the school enrollments, eleven (11) UMCs were enrolled during the reference month, and three (3) UMCs took the Greek language test, which is required for joining the reception classes. Α positive developments regarding attendance of UMCs in public schools, was the provision of a bus from a high school, which allowed eight (8) beneficiaries to attend classes.

Τhe recreational activity that proved to be particularly popular among beneficiaries, namely cooking , helped build teamwork skills among the UMCs. Particularly, the cooking activity included the preparation of tasty falafels to fill juicy hamburgers. Additionally, a planting activity took place in the surroundings of the Safe Zone, where ornamental plants were planted. Moreover, a wordless picture book was used for the first time by ZEUXIS’ educator to promote the creativity and imagination of UMCs.

The context as well as the quantitative outcomes during May is outlined below:

MAY 2021 – PROJECT RESULTS

• 33 UMCs accommodated in the Safe Zone
• Basic support:
✓ 24 h presence of caregivers
✓ Interpretation in Arabic, French, Farsi, Af-Soomaali, Urdu and Bengali.
✓ Daily routines (hygiene and ground rules in the Safe Zone)
✓ Distribution of clothing items provided by Zeuxis
✓ Distribution of 840 portions of food provided by IOM
✓ Provision of monthly cash allowance
• Psychosocial support:
✓ 14 needs’ / requests’ assessments by social workers
✓ 18 needs’ / requests’ assessments by psychologist
✓ 39 consultancy sessions by social workers
✓ 23 Individual sessions with the psychologist
✓ 12 referrals/ escorts for the provision of services
✓ 34 individual sessions with the lawyer
• Education, recreation and leisure:
✓ 9 English lessons
✓ 33 Greek lessons
✓ 3 Μaths lessons
✓ 38 recreational activities (board games, handicrafts, watching films, sports games, cooking,music)

URL address of DG HOME: http://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/

URL address of IOM Greece: https://greece.iom.int/en
URL address of Zeuxis:  http://www.zeuxis.org.gr

 

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