PROJECTS REGARDING UNACOMPANIED MINORS
HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT FOR UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN AT RISK AND VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN LESVOS , SAMOS, CHIOS
PRAKSIS, funded by and working closely with SAVE THE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL Organization, since October 2015 has been implementing actions on Lesvos island aiming at supporting and protecting unaccompanied minors who arrive on the island through the migration and refugee flows.
- Recreational Activities (implemented in Samos and Lesvos)
- Transit Accommodation Centre for Unaccompanied Minors – LESVOS AND SAMOS (capacity for 20 UAMs)
- Recreational Activities and psychosocial support at the First Reception Centre at Moria - ONLY ON LESVOS
TRANSIT ACCOMMODATION CENTRE ON KOS ISLAND
Funded by and collaborating with UNHCR, a Transit Accommodation Centre is in Operation (since November 2015) on the island of Kos.
- Capacity: 34 places
- These places are provided to both boys and girls.
International Catholic Migration Commission supports this accommodation center funding additional staff.
EMERGENCY TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION AND CARE OF UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN IN MADAMADOS, LESVOS
The violent episodes between police and the unaccompanied children held under administrative detention at Lesvos’ First Reception Centre in Moria on 26 April 2016, were yet another manifestation of the severe consequences that the detention of children – even on protective grounds – bears for both their physical as well as their mental health and well-being.
Given that Accommodation Centers for Unaccompanied Children in Greece are currently operating at full capacity and with more than 900 unaccompanied children on the waiting list for placement in appropriate shelters, PRAKSIS looked for alternative measures to accommodate and protect the children who suffered from the upheaval in Moria.
PRAKSIS, in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Save the Children, and with the support of the Ministry of Labor, Social Insurance & Social Solidarity, the Ministry for Migration Policy, the First Reception Service, the National Centre for Social Solidarity and the Public Prosecutor, created the ‘Emergency Temporary Accommodation Scheme for Unaccompanied Children’ at the MSF transit camp in Lesvos. The overarching objective of this emergency intervention is the transfer of unaccompanied children from detention conditions and their temporary (transit) accommodation and care at an open and safe facility, which takes into account their particular vulnerability. This intervention would not have been possible without the Greek government’s support and is a very positive development in the treatment of unaccompanied children in Greece.
As of 6 May, the three organisations transferred 81 unaccompanied children (from 14 to 17 years old) from Moria and are hosting the children at the MSF camp under the responsibility of PRAKSIS. Many of the children arrived in Lesvos fleeing war, violence, exploitation and hardship from countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Bangladesh and Somalia, in search of a safe and more promising future in Europe. The 75 children are the ones who had spent the longest amount of time under detention in Moria (between 40-60 days).
At the Mandamados camp, the children have found a safe and protective environment, and are living together harmoniously under the 24/7 specialized care of PRAKSIS, MSF, Save the Children, and two volunteer organisations Starfish and Lighthouse. The services provided cover the children’s basic needs, medical and pharmaceutical care, legal, psychosocial and psychological support, and recreational and educational activities.
The unaccompanied children will stay at the camp, until their transfer to existing or new long-term Accommodation Centers for Unaccompanied Children that are being established across Greece, where their next steps will be arranged e.g. for family reunification, asylum and international protection in Greece, or relocation to other European countries.
PRAKSIS INTERVENTIONS AT OPEN SHELTER OF RECEPTION OF REFUGEE FLOWS AT ELAIONA
Since 19th of August 2015, PRAKSIS has been supporting - on a volunteer basis – the new effort of creating an open shelter of reception of refugee flows at the area of Elaiona. Aiming at supporting the minors, PRAKSIS is at Elaiona on a five-day basis with volunteers focusing on creative activities for the children found on the premises.