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METAdrasi

WHO WE ARE

ACTION FOR MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT

METAdrasi – Action for Migration and Development, is a Greek NGO founded in 2010 that focuses on services not covered by the Public Authorities or other NGOs in Greece and is the only organization that retains a permanent front-line presence in all key entry and exit locations. METAdrasi operates mainly in the following two sectors, interpretation services and the protection of unaccompanied children.

It offers specially trained interpreters in 33 languages and dialects to provide vital communication with refugees, legal support, and certification of victims of torture. It also escorts unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) from border detention centers to appropriate accommodation facilities throughout Greece and operates Transit Accommodation Facilities for UASC. Our work includes two innovative activities that have been implemented for the first time in Greece: Guardianship and placement of children in foster families.

MISSION

METAdrasi supports the reception and integration of refugees and migrants in Greece.

PRINCIPLES

METAdrasi’s core values are consistency, efficiency and the flexibility to adjust to needs as they emerge.

DISTINCTIONS

  • The North-South Prize 2015 of the Council of Europe awarded to the co-founder & president of METAdrasi, Ms Lora Pappa, received the award from the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for the outstanding work in promoting solidarity, democracy and human rights.
  • PILnet’s European Pro Bono Awards 2016: first prize in the category of “Award for Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest” in cooperation with the American law firm Reed Smith for offering free legal assistance to beneficiaries of international protection in Greece.

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