Reception/One Stop Shop

GCR’s services operate with the principle of Open Access to all. From the beginning, this policy has been a fundamental element of the organization’s philosophy in providing services to all people.

The First Reception Service operates daily from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 13:30, with an alternating interprofessional group consisting of a lawyer, a social worker and interpreters of various languages. It is organized in a six-step procedure, to examine requests and refer individuals to particular services of the organization.

The One Stop Shop Service operates with a fixed interprofessional group. It provides information and complete support on various issues, such as helping a family or an individual to understand how to operate autonomously, legal counseling, access to public care, children’s enrollment at school, access to vocational training and support in accessing income and housing (based on the project for family/individual autonomy). In addition, it provides support for other administrative matters, such as the issue of tax identification number and social security number, filling tax returns, etc.

Running

Reception Center

Implementation Period: 1/1/2020 - 31/12/2020

Partner: UNHCR

Place of implementation: Athens, Thessaloniki

Goals: To provide legal and social support to the growing urban population, prioritizing the most vulnerable through a Reception Center.

Actions: Staffing a Reception Center at the APS premises in Athens to provide legal and social assistance to the growing number of people in need of international protection and seeking assistance at the APS offices.

Results: Legal and social support for the growing number of people in need of international protection

 

UNHCR

Completed

Reception Center

Implementation Period: 1/9/2016 - 31/12/2016, 1/1/2017 - 31/12/2017, 1/1/018 - 31/12/2018, 1/1/2019 - 31/12/2019

Partner: UNHCR

Place of implementation: Athens

Goals: To provide legal and social support to the growing urban population, prioritizing the most vulnerable through a Reception Center.

Actions: Staffing a Reception Center at the premises of GCR in Athens to provide legal and social assistance to the growing number of people in need of international protection and seeking assistance at the  offices of GCR.

Results: Legal and social support for the growing number of people in need of international protection.

Information Center for Recognized Refugees, Beneficiaries of Subsidiary and Humanitarian Protection

Implementation Period: 1/1/2015 - 31/12/2015, 1/1/2016 - 31/12/2016, 1/1/2017 - 31/12/2017, 1/1/2018 - 31/3/2018

Partner: UNHCR

Place of implementation: Athens

Goals: The project seeks to empower beneficiaries of international protection and promote sustainable solutions by providing information on rights and obligations in all areas of integration, including, inter alia, socio-economic rights, family reunification and naturalization procedures. The provision of this information will be carried out through the operation of the Information Center in Athens.

Actions: Provide information to beneficiaries of international protection on their rights, obligations and procedures for integration into Greek society through the operation of the Information Center.

Results: At least 1,200 beneficiaries of international protection will have been informed of their rights, obligations and related administrative procedures, including, inter alia, health / welfare, employment, education, naturalization, long-term residence permits, etc

UNHCR

One Stop Shop: empowerment and integration of refugees

 

Period of implementation: November 2014 – April 2016
Administrator:

Greek Council for Refugees

Action partner: Greek Forum of Refugees
Country:

Greece

Category:

The project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Grants Greek NGO Programme “We are all Citizens”. The Bodossaki Foundation is the Fund Operator of this Programme. The Programme aims to strengthen civil society and enhance the contribution of NGOs to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.  

Goals: The Program aims to prevent the social marginalization of refugees, with emphasis placed on the most vulnerable of groups, through the provision of complementary services aiming at the strengthening and integration of refugees. This empowerment will provide support to refugees as they integrate into Greek society, and seek the appropriate autonomy necessary to address the threat of social exclusion, along with the possibility of poverty, and to confirm the rights guaranteed by their legal status.
Actions:

Provision of complementary and interrelated services as a "package" in the form of a “One Stop Shop” to provide the social welfare services that the state can not adequately provide.

These actions will address needs in key areas of the accession process, including Social Advisory/Counseling, Business Advisory/Counseling, Legal Assistance in the attainment and renewal of asylum, and Legal Consultancy for accession issues

The program also aims to establish informative activities, which will be implemented in cooperation with the Greek Forum of Refugees. The project services are provided by qualified professionals on an anonymous basis and are free of charge to all citizens.

 

Results:

1200 people will benefit from the services provided by the One Stop Shop (ONE STOP SHOP) to strengthen and help integrate refugees.

 

 Final event:
Refugee Reception Service

Period of implementation: September 2012 - August 2013
Partners: None
Country: Greece
Category: Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Objectives:
  • Enhancing refugees access to information and counselling 
  • Improve the capacity of GCR to assist a larger number of asylum seekers
Activities:
  1. Legal counselling and advice on asylum procedures and rights provided to persons seeking protection, Legal counselling and advice provided by 6 full time qualified lawyers in Athens, 3 junior lawyers, 2 lawyers in Orestiada, 1 lawyer in Alexandroupoli and 1 lawyer in Thessalonica.
  2. Provision of protection information and advice in a language understood by the person of concern, through interpretation services, 
  3. Ensuring / providing legal representation in 1st, 2nd instances of the Government procedure,
  4. Counselling finally rejected asylum seekers on further legal remedies.
Results:

 

Our Efficiency

90% Program services
10% Management

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