During the Conference and for the first time in Greece, METAdrasi presented qualitative statistical data, such as that the 35% of the unaccompanied minors in Greece are children seeking family reunification with a relative in another EU member state, while 15% are living in homelessness in Athens and Thessaloniki.
The main issues discussed were the new law on Guardianship and its implementation in a way that the essential support to unaccompanied minors will continue, the funding problems of accommodation facilities and how they affect the Guardian’s work, issues regarding the first registration of unaccompanied minors at the borders, the necessity of cooperation between the state and NGOs, as well as the importance of the creation of a model of responsibility sharing among all the EU member states, for the effective protection of the unaccompanied minors. In particular, METAdrasi presented the example of the settlement – outside the framework of relocation or family reunification – of 5 unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan to Portugal in March 2017, thanks to the cooperation of METAdrasi with Portuguese Organizations and the dynamic participation of the children’s Guardians. Today, these children have completely integrated in the local community and they are still in contact with their Guardians.
During the Conference, a video was shown, with testimonials and stories of members of METAdrasi’s Guardianship Network and “their children”:
Majed’s* success, who finished the school year with very good grades, won a scholarship to attend a private school and plans to become a teacher in a school for refugee children.
Tareq’s* case, who underwent a heart surgery – during which his Guardian took care of all the necessary procedures while being steadily by his side – managed to overcome his serious health problem and now, with his doctor’s consent, he plays in a volleyball team, while in two years he plans to pass the Panhellenic exams to continue his studies.
Tareq’s* case, who, after having undergone heart surgery – during which his Guardian took care of all the necessary procedures and stood by his side – he overcame his serious health issue and, with his doctor’s consent, he started to play volleyball, while in two years he plans to pass the Panhellenic exams to enter university.
Sumaya’s* hope, who located her brother in Germany and started the process for their family reunification with the wish to be accepted in a dental school in Germany.
Basim’s* story, who, with his Guardian’s support, managed to walk again and make a new start in his life, standing on his own two feet.