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 July, the number of unique Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMCs) who were accommodated in the Safe Zone and received protection and assistance services was thirty-one (31). Zeuxis’ field team welcomed one (1) new UMC and in terms of departures, one (1) UMC was transferred to a SIL apartment.
The 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 during the individual sessions focused mainly on procedural issues, empowerment of the UMCs, self-esteem improvement, food issues, encouraging UMCs’ participation in recreational activities and methods of stress management. Besides, guidance on cohabitation and health-related issues was provided to beneficiaries.
During the individual sessions, Zeuxis’ lawyer informed beneficiaries about the state of their case regarding the asylum request, residence permit applications, family reunification and relocation applications. A beneficiary conducted an interview with the Asylum Service in the context of the relocation program. Moreover, one (1) request for family reunification in Germany was submitted, and two (2) family reunification application cases were successfully finalized. Besides, two (2) UMC asylum seeker cards were issued and three (3) were renewed.
Zeuxis’ educator with the assistance of the caregivers organized a cooking activity. The aim of this activity was to encourage children's thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. It also offered beneficiaries the opportunity to use the knowledge they have and apply it by counting, measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect. The theme of the activity was the Bangladesh cuisine.
The context as well as the quantitative outcomes during July is outlined below:
JULY 2021 – PROJECT RESULTS
31 UMCs accommodated in the Safe Zone
⦁ 24 h presence of caregivers
⦁ Interpretation in Arabic, 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 927 portions of food provided by IOM
⦁ Provision of monthly cash allowance
11 needs / requests assessments by social workers
37 consultancy sessions by social workers
3 needs / requests assessments by psychologist
19 consultancy sessions by psychologist
2 referrals/ escorts for the provision of services
72 cooperation with stakeholders
39 individual sessions with the lawyer
Education, recreation and leisure:
•4 English lessons
•18 Greek lessons
•2 Maths lessons
•30 recreational activities (board games, handicrafts, sports games, music and cooking)
URL address of DG HOME: http://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/