From today, the 24th of December 2020, all unaccompanied children in Greece will be able to have a representative to ensure their best interest.
From 2014, when METAdrasi began the creation of an innovative “Guardianship Network,” more than 7,000 unaccompanied children have been supported in order to have access to health services, to shelter, to education, to the asylum process, and to reunification with family members in other European Union countries.
After a long effort of six years, during which the key need of children to have “their person” emerged, the state assigned, through a programme co-financed by the European Commission, and after the relevant tender process, the representation of unaccompanied children to METAdrasi with yesterday’s signing of the relevant agreement with the National Centre for Social Solidarity (EKKA).
An important step in the protection of the most vulnerable children: the unaccompanied ones! With the support of EKKA and the Public Prosecutors, with whom we have worked well and closely for all these years, and with the support of all the competent bodies, the Special Secretariat for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors, the Asylum Service, and the Reception and Identification Service, we hope that this programme will result in a unique opportunity for the solution of important, chronic problems that thousands of unaccompanied children face in our country.