Organizing the supporting network for social integration and empowerment of minor refugees and their families in the Thessaloniki area

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ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth implements the project “Organizing the supporting network for social integration and empowerment of minor refugees and their families in the Thessaloniki area” in collaboration with ASB (Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund), funded by the German Federal Foreign Ministry – GFM. The implementation period is from 01/02/2017 to 31/05/2018 and the project aims at organizing supporting activities for refugee children, youth and their families through the operation of a Youth Support Centre (YSC), on the 1st floor at 40 Ptolemeon street, Thessaloniki.  

The Youth Support Centre (YSC) is an existing structure of ARSIS that adopts a holistic approach in the child protection sector.

The activities of the Youth Support Centre are supported by a Social Service, a programme of Educational Support and Recreational Activities, beneficiaries’ Administrative Support and Support in Kind (NFIs and FIs). For the approach of the beneficiaries ARSIS also uses the methodological tools of Street Work and Mobile School.

The Youth Support Centre also organizes an awareness raising campaign for Human Rights at Thessaloniki Public Schools, aiming at the smooth refugees’ integration and the information of teachers, students and Parents Associations.

Libya: Focus on anti-smuggling policies and cooperation with Libyan authorities will expose people to ill-treatment and arbitrary detention

Over 70 organisations send letter to EU heads of state and EU policymakers expressing concern about proposed EU cooperation with Libya

The decision to transfer the responsibility for managing migratory movements along the central Mediterranean route to Libya will neither reduce human rights abuses, nor end smuggling. Instead, it will significantly increase harm and suffering.

EU plans will exacerbate arrests and detention of migrants in Libya and increase exposure to severe human rights abuses.

The UN-backed government in Tripoli has only a limited and precarious hold on power, competing with a variety of other actors. The EU itself describes Libya as ‘unsafe’ and systematic violence towards refugees and migrants has been widely documented. Multiple reports of human rights groups have described the grave, harrowing conditions in Libya: rape, torture, executions, and other sufferings. Our organizations have documented prolonged arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment in the very centres where refugees and migrants are detained after being intercepted at sea by Libyan entities performing coastguard activities.

Newsletter for Sociodrama


On the 31st of January took place the first local training of Sociodrama*, at Oikopolis (Ptolemeon 29A), in the framework of Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in Vocational Education and Training (VET) Program. The local training is part of the project for the co-creation of a European Sociodrama Network- P.E.R.F.O.R.M.E.R.S.

Provision of information to Citizens who support Unaccompanied Children

ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth is a Non-Governmental Organization established in 1992, aiming at supporting the socially vulnerable young people.

ARSIS is focused on supporting the unaccompanied children since 2006, with a network of social services and structures in Thessaloniki, Athens, Volos, Alexandroupoli and Kozani.

The provision of support for unaccompanied is intensified since the number of unaccompanied children is raising.

Lately, citizens who support unaccompanied children contact ARSIS’ Social Services, in order to get informed for matters concerning children’s legal status or their transfer to shelters, since they cannot accommodate them.


1 Ethnikis Aminis str., Thessaloniki

The last few years Greece is a path for hundreds of thousands war-conflict victims from Syria, a large number from Afghanistan, and lower from Asia and Africa, who started as refugees in order to travel to Central and Northern Europe countries. Currently, thousands of refugees are within the Greek territory, the majority of them stays in camps, sometimes even without access to basic infrastructure or facilities. Based on the estimates of National Centre for Social Solidarity and UNHCR, about 2000 unaccompanied minors are currently among the general refugee population.