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Accommodation Facility for Unaccompanied Minors in Athens

METAdrasi, in the context of the unaccompanied minors’ protection net of activities, created an Accommodation Facility for Unaccompanied Minors in Athens.

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 throughout the Greek territory. This activity also contributes substantially to the protection of minors against networks of smugglers and traffickers.

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METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facility in Athens  provides 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 facility.

From August 2016 until June 2022, more than 105 unaccompanied children have been hosted in METAdrasi’s Accommodation Facility in Athens.

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

Stavros Niarchos Foundation, International Rescue Committee, Department for International Development, UNHCR, the British Embassy Athens, 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, Kahane 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.

Since 1/1/2018 METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facility in Athens is funded in the framework of the implementation of the action “Operation of Accommodation Structures for Unaccompanied Minors” by the National Program of Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

Since 1/6/2021 METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facility in Athens is funded under the HOME/2020/AMIF/AG/EMAS/0132 financing agreement with the European Commission for the program “Reinforcing the UAM Reception and Accommodation System in Greece”.

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For further information and requests, you may contact METAdrasi at +30 214 100 8700 or through mail at info@metadrasi.org