The first for 2022 advocacy update on the rights of children on the move in Greece, issued by GCR in collaboration with Save the Children International, presents an overview of the main issues and challenges faced by the refugee and asylum-seeking population, focusing on children. Major updates during January – mid March 2022 include, among others, the displaced persons from Ukraine arriving in Greece, the restrictions on access to asylum, legislative and policy developments regarding the National Strategy on Integration and the National Strategy for the protection of unaccompanied minors, and issues regarding access to education.

Read the advocacy update here

Implementation Period: 28/02/2022 - 28/02/2024
Funded by: KA220 Erasmus+ (2021-1-ES02-KA220-YOU-00028798)

MAD for Europe (Spain),TIA Formazione (Italy),Training to Malta (Malta),ABU gGmbh (Germany),Svenska Youth League (Sweden)

Country of implementation: Greece (Athens)

The aim of this project is the integration of young migrants in Europe, following the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Due to the crises that many young people live in their countries of origin (economic, wars, political conflicts, etc.), many of them are looking for a way out to start a better life.



Facilitate the way for all these young people who arrive in a country without knowing anything, so that they can be helped by the local citizens, thus supporting a peer-to- peer methodology.

Each partner will bring together a number of refugees and a number of local young people so that they can train them in different subjects, and so that they can enrich each other. The activities will benefit local young people from each region, young migrants living in these regions, coming from ethnic minorities and in difficult situations, youth and social workers, teachers and trainers, Educational organisations and local politicians.



Final Analysis

Friday, 18 March 2022 14:32

I want to fly

If I could fly, I would fly over the clouds to see the rain from up

there and I would fly over the ocean. What I found in the theater group was

that we could act any plays of the stories that we liked. We could act sad,

happy, stressed and etc. enjoy all the moments and find new friends. It was

a completely different experience.



On the occasion of this year's World Theatre Day for Children and Youth, which is celebrated every year on March 20, the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) publishes an original album with material from the theatrical workshop "I want to fly" that was implemented in cooperation with InArt12 in the Safe Zone for Unaccompanied Minors of the Οpen Facility of asylum applicants and vulnerable individuals in Eleonas (Athens, Greece) exactly one year ago.

In the album the workshop’s participants wrote in their own language (and translated into Greek and English) to describe the dreams and desires that through the theatrical group were empowered to express.

Press release

Athens, Friday March 18th

The Greek Council for Refugees and the HumanRights360 organisation express their contentment for the rescue of the 30 Syrian refugees that have been confined on the islet of Evros’ river.

The refugees, amongst whom two pregnant women and seven minor children, did not have access to the necessary means for their survival. They did not have access to water, food, medical care, or any means to keep warm, and they were exposed to the cold and humidity on the small islet in the Evros’ river for six days. In the video sent to our organisations, it is reported that they were eating garbage leftovers on the islet by those who had previously crossed this path, while they reported the tragic drowning of the 4-year-old son of one of the refugees.

March 2022 marks six years since the launch of the EU-Turkey Statement, which stipulated that people crossing irregularly to the Greek islands from Turkey would be returned there without having their asylum claims considered on merits in Greece. The Statement has become a hallmark of the EU shirking its responsibility to protect refugees, and continues to cause significant harm to people seeking protection in Greece. The impact of the EU-Turkey Statement was worsened in June 2021 by the Greek government’s own decision to designate Turkey as a ‘safe third country’ of asylum to which it would return people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria– the five nationalities that represented the majority of asylum applications in Greece last year.

In a new briefing, eight NGOs are calling on Greece and the EU to retract the EU-Turkey Statement and abandon the safe third country concept.

8 NGOs warn that policies implemented in Greece keep displaced people from accessing asylum procedures, despite clear need of protection

Read the Statement here


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