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Transit Accommodation Facilities for Unaccompanied Minors

METAdrasi within the context of the unaccompanied minors’ protection net, created Transit Accommodation Facilities for Unaccompanied Minors in Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Athens and Thessaloniki.

The activity’s goal is to minimize and ideally eliminate the time spent by minors in detention centers, until legal procedures are completed, for their safe escorting through METAdrasi’s escorting missions to accommodation centers for unaccompanied minors of a permanent nature throughout the Greek territory. This activity also contributes substantially to the protection of minors against networks of smugglers and traffickers.

METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facilities provide children with a safe, suitably-equipped space in accordance with their age. The specialized interdisciplinary groups (psychologists, social workers, special educators and nurses) and the support staff, along with the support of METAdrasi’s interpreters, offer children care, cover their everyday needs and provide psychological and social support, as well as health care and legal advice.

The daily schedule of the children hosted is enriched with a variety of activities for their psychosocial development, highlighting their skills. Furthermore, social, cultural, recreational and educational events are being organized in the facilities.

From December 2015 until July 2017, over 240 unaccompanied children have been hosted in METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facilities.

We are very grateful to the supporters of the Activity “Transit Accommodation Facilities for Unaccompanied Minors”:

International Rescue Committee, Department for International Development, UNHCR, Embassy of France in Greece, The Hellenic Initiative, UNICEF, International Rescue Committee, ECHO/-EU/BUD/2016/01004, Julius Baer Foundation, Giving for Greece-Bodossaki Foundation, Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages, Association for Aid and Relief, Japan, Macro Advisory Partners-Bodossaki Foundation, Kreuzberg KinderStiftung, Vi Gör Vad Vi Kan, Cosmote.

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