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METAdrasi was founded in December 2009 with the mission to facilitate the reception and integration of refugees and migrants in Greece. Believing that migration leads to development, METAdrasi is determined to uphold and protect the fundamental human rights of all those displaced and persecuted through innovative interventions. The name of ΜΕΤΑdrasi was coined by the synthesis of the Greek words “meta”+“drasi” (meaning: and then? + action) and encapsulates our purpose and philosophy.

Guided by the principles of consistency, efficiency, transparency and flexibility to adjust to needs as they emerge, METAdrasi is active in the following key areas:

• The provision of quality interpretation, enabling vital communication with refugees and migrants through the deployment of over 350 interpreters, trained and certified by METAdrasi in 43 languages and dialects – an activity that lies at the heart of any effective provision of humanitarian support;
• The protection of unaccompanied and separated children, through a comprehensive safety net of activities including accommodation facilities, escorting from precarious conditions to safe spaces and the pioneering activities of guardianship, foster families and supported independent living;
• The protection and support of other vulnerable groups through the provision of legal aid to asylum seekers, certification of victims of torture and deployment of humanitarian aid wherever needed;
• The education and integration of refugees and migrants through educational programmes, Greek language lessons, multilingual support guides and remedial education for children that enables access to the right to education, as well as soft-skills training, traineeship opportunities and work placements.


Believing that migration leads to development, METAdrasi is determined to uphold and protect the fundamental human rights of all those displaced and persecuted. Through innovative interventions, METAdrasi has been covering crucial gaps in the reception and integration of refugees and migrants in Greece.


  • Consistency, efficiency and adjustability to emerging needs
  • Respect for human rights, national and international law
  • The promotion of a comprehensive system for the management of refugee flows, safeguarding social sustainability
  • The implementation of innovative activities to address critical and long-standing problems



Lora Pappa, founder and President of METAdrasi, has twenty-five years of experience on human rights, migration and refugee issues. She studied at the University of Geneva and the Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement (IHEID), where she received her undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree in International Relations.

Her professional experience includes cooperation with Greek organizations and entities, such as the National Youth Foundation under the Ministry of Education, as well as working for seven years at the UNHCR. While at the National Youth Foundation, she piloted and established the first Reception Centre for Unaccompanied Minors in Greece (2000), in Anogia of Crete, which is acknowledged as a model facility due to the services provision and the successful prospect of integration of children into the local society. Seeing the gaps in the coverage of basic needs of refugees and especially unaccompanied children, she founded in December 2009 METAdrasi in order to promote innovative and practical solutions.

In 2015, Lora Pappa was awarded the North South Prize of the Council of Europe for her outstanding dedication in promoting solidarity, human rights and democracy. The prize was awarded by the President of the Republic of Portugal, in a ceremony that took part in Lisbon in 2016. In 2016 she was honoured with the first ever Alumna of the Year Award by the Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement (IHEID) for her notable accomplishments in her field. In 2017, she was awarded the “Legion of Honour” decoration by the French state for her social contribution and exceptional work.

Credits: Fill in the Gap / Vasilis Kouroupis


Ioanna Babasika is a lawyer who has worked on migration and asylum issues with a specialisation on victims of torture, and written extensively on human rights, refugee protection and torture prevention. Her professional experience in the field includes cooperation with the UNHCR on the legal protection of asylum seekers and 20 years of work at the Medical Rehabilitation Centre for Victims of Torture in Athens and membership in IRCT (International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims). She has also acted as Special Advisor to the Greek Minister of Interior on issues of Migration and Asylum. Ioanna Babasika got her Law Degree from the Law School of Athens, followed by post-graduate degrees from the University of Amsterdam and the College of Europe in Bruges.

Vasiliki Alexopoulou holds a Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Athens, while she has dedicated a great part of her professional life to research and writing of handbooks on education and economics. She has had an extensive career in the Greek civil service, where she had been heading the Directorate of Quality and Efficiency, Documentation and Best Practices, focusing on issues pertaining to the measurement of quality, efficiency and effectiveness of public organizations.