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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 Samos and Chios.

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.

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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 November 2022, over 360 unaccompanied children have been hosted in METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facilities.

Since June 2020 METAdrasi’s Transit Accommodation Facilities in Chios and Samos, are supported  by EEA Grants in the framework of the program “Asylum and Migration” (Addressing urgent needs for the reception and screening of Asylum Seekers and for the Accommodation of Vulnerable Groups), with SOL Consulting S.A as Fund Operator in partnership with HumanRights360.

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.

About EEA Grants
The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion. The priorities for this period are: 1) Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness, 2) Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction, 3) Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy, 4) Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights, 5) Justice and Home Affairs. The EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP. Eligibility for the Grants mirror the criteria set for the EU Cohesion Fund aimed at member countries where the Gross National Income (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU average.
More information: www.eeagrants.orgwww.eeagrants.gr

About Program II: “Asylum and Migration” (Addressing urgent needs for the reception and screening of Asylum Seekers and for the Accommodation of Vulnerable Groups)
The “Asylum and Migration” (Addressing urgent needs for the reception and screening of asylum seekers and for the accommodation of vulnerable groups) programme in Greece, financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, was awarded a total budget of 16,5 million euros as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The program aspires to contribute to ensuring legal protection, support and care for the most vulnerable asylum seekers, with emphasis on unaccompanied children. The Fund Operator for the “Asylum and Migration” programme in Greece is SOL Consulting S.A in partnership with Human Rights 360.
More information: https://www.asylumandmigration-eeagrants.gr

About the Fund Operator
The Fund Operator for the “Local Development and Poverty Reduction” programme and “Asylum and Migration” (Addressing urgent needs for the reception and screening of asylum seekers and for the accommodation of vulnerable groups) programme in Greece is SOL Consulting S.A in partnership with Human Rights 360.

About SOL/ Crowe
SOL Crowe provides auditing and consulting services to an expanded network of organizations and companies operating in the public and private sector in Greece and abroad. The Company provides customized solutions in the entire spectrum of consulting services aimed at supporting, reorganizing and sustainable development of our customers. The services provided cover all areas of corporate activities – Management Consulting Services, Tax Services, Financial Services, Risk Management Services, Human Resources Services, Business Monitoring Services, HTL Services, Technology Services – creating direct and visible value to businesses 15 and organizations. The company is staffed with highly specialized consultants, with experience and professional knowledge and competence, ensuring the efficiency and quality of services provided.
More information: https://solcrowe.gr/

About HumanRights360
HR360 is a civil society organization established in Greece. Its mission is to protect and empower the rights of all, with no discrimination, giving special focus on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. The cornerstone of its action is the belief that the social inclusion may be achieved only through the protection of the individual, political and social rights of the entire population, and that through wider alliances, both in Greece and internationally, open and tolerant societies can be built, rejecting the Far-Right rhetoric, the extremism and xenophobia, and encouraging the participation of all citizens. The main pillars of HR360 activities is integration services (mainly in refugees’ field such as legal aid and borders monitoring), reintegration services and support of vulnerable people (homeless, ex prisoners), combating hate crimes through recording incidents for the Network of Racist violence, promoting campaigns, participating to researches, reports, editions and providing legal support to victims of racist crimes, strategic communication and advocacy for human rights protection, and management of regranting programmes.
More information: https://www.humanrights360.org/

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