PRESS RELEASE – ANNUAL REPORT 2017: ATHENS INTERVENTION TEAM OF ARSIS IN THE FIELD OF DETENTION IN AMYGDALEZA AND TAVROS PRE-REMOVAL DETENTION CENTRES

Athens, 22 May 2018

From 1 January 2017 until the end of the year, a team of ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth implemented an intervention programme supported by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the Tavros and Amygdaleza Pre-Removal Detention Centres.
Specifically, the above ARSIS team, composed by 1 social worker, 2 lawyers, 1 psychologist and interpreters, carried out, throughout 2017, regular visits on a weekly basis (2-3 times a week) to the Tavros and Amygdaleza Pre-Removal Detention Centres, aiming, on the one hand, to provide legal and psychosocial support to unaccompanied minors, adults young detainees and other vulnerable cases, especially, to families that are being detained, and, on the other hand, monitor and perform a systematic recording of the situation and conditions of detention.
The Athens intervention group in the field of detention of ARSIS attempts a holistic approach and support of the detainees by providing legal assistance and psychosocial support, both during detention and thereafter. The introduction of a mobile school in Amygdaleza Pre-Removal Detention Centre and creating an animation and empowerment group in Tavros Pre-Removal Detention Centre are, also, important tools to support and exploit the possibilities of detainees and, in particular, of children in detention.

Program: ERASMUS+ YOUTH-LED STREET SPORT FOR ALL 2018-2020

Implementation period: 01.01.2018-31.12.2020

ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth implements in partnership with other four partners Italy, Malta, Lithuania and Denmark the European program Erasmus + YOUTH-LED STREET SPORT FOR ALL 2018-2020.

‘Youth-led Street Sport for All’ aims to increase participation in sports, strengthen social inclusion and promote voluntary activity amongst disadvantaged children and youth in Italy, Greece, Malta, Lithuania and Denmark.

In communities across Europe young people experience a general lack of opportunities with issues such as poor health, youth unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. At the same time, the world is passing through the biggest refugee crisis since the end of the World War II. This has led to an increased tension which arguably challenges the social cohesion within many European member states.

With this project five experienced partner organisations have come together and developed a framework to address the lack of opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth through street sports. By supporting this project the EU will allow the organizations to innovate, refine and scale a proven ‘Sport for All’ concept and deliver three intellectual outputs, which will be tested on the asphalt.

Annulment of a decision of the Appeals Authority which rejected the unaccompanied minor’s asylum application

Athens, 3 January 2018

After a very difficult year for the defense of the fundamental rights of immigrants and refugees, 2017 ended with very good news for minors seeking international protection. The Athens Administrative Court of Appeal upheld an application for annulment brought by the Legal Service of ARSIS against a decision issued by the Appeals Authority, which rejected the application for asylum of an unaccompanied child from Morocco.

In particular, the Court held that the decision issued by the Appeals Authority was vitiated by a lack of specific and detailed reasons, since the applicant’s allegations of abuse and violence he had received as a child in Morocco were not thoroughly examined. The decision was also declared void because the procedural guarantees for asylum-seekers were not complied with and the right to be heard was violated, since no hearing was given to the second degree.

Greece: As Winter Nears, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Tents on Islands

Groups Press Greek Officials, EU States for Mainland Transfers, Improved Conditions

(Athens, November 22, 2017) – The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 20 human rights and aid groups said today. The policy forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in overcrowded, unsafe facilities, an urgent concern with winter approaching.

Conditions on the Greek islands have continued to deteriorate in the month since 19 nongovernmental groups wrote an open letter to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, calling on him to move asylum seekers to the mainland, where better conditions and services are available.

ELFO: European Programme for empowering the institutions of foster care and guardianship

ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth in collaboration with other non-governmental organizations active in child protection issues from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Portugal have started since 1 December 2016 the ELFO program co-funded by the Program “Rights, Equality and Citizenship’ of the European Union (2014-2020).

The general objective of the project is to improve the level and quality of protection of child victims or potential victims of violence by empowering guardians, legal representatives and foster parents of children deprived of parental care within an integrated child protection framework.Empowering of guardians and foster parents could be a key element in preventing violence and ill-treatment of children deprived of parental responsibility.