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Refugee Crisis and Integration

by George Kanaris, Social Services Coordinator at SolidarityNow’s Athens Solidarity Center. The integration of the newly arrived refugees is one of the biggest challenges that the Greek society will face in the coming years. Quite a big part of the currently residing in Greece refugees will be relocated in other countries, another big part will be […]

Racist Violence Recording Network: Annual Report 2016

The Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) presented on 4.4.2017 its 2016 annual report, analyzing the quantitative and qualitative findings of racist violence and hate crime recordings by the 37 organizations participating in the Network, including Solidarity Now. The RVRN recognized that positive steps had been taken in combatting racist violence and urged the State to […]

SolidarityNow submits petition tο the European Parliament

Imperative the investigation of EU funding for Greece  to manage the refugee crisis  Athens, April 4th, 2017 On Monday, March 13th 2017, SolidarityNow submitted a petition to the European Parliament (Committee on Petitions – PETI) requesting that it investigates the connection between European Union funding in Greece and the dismal reception conditions for individuals seeking […]

One Year Stranded & What’s Changed? An Update – Joint Policy Note

With this update to the October 2016 Joint NGO Policy Brief on the Situation for Displaced Persons in Greece, the eight national and international responding agencies, present an overview of the current situation in the country, and set out the most urgent -according to the organisations- issues that need to be addressed, and the major […]

Common report to the Greek Ombudsman regarding the discrimination in insurance rights

Solidarity Now, along with Generation 2.0, requests from the Ombudsman to intervene in order to put an end to the unacceptable discrimination against foreign workers legally residing in the country, who pay social security contributions to Greek citizens by enjoying – undoubtedly – significantly less benefits. Text of the petition (GR)

Letter to the President of the European Commission

The European Commission Recommendation of 8 December 2016 to resume transfers of certain groups of asylum seekers to Greece as of 15 March 2017 under certain conditions and the Joint Action Plan adopted by the EU Coordinator for the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement together with the Greek authorities raise fundamental questions relating to the […]

“We support the non-extradition of the eight in Turkey. We cannot sacrifice our principles. It is dangerous” Conclusions of the Press Conference for the extradition of the eight Turkish Officials

PRESS RELEASE “We cannot allow the eight to be extradited to Turkey. We can’t sacrifice our values because it’s dangerous” Conclusions of the Press Conference with Regards to the Possible Extradition of 8 Turkish Officials Athens, 15th of December 2016 Highlighting the importance and necessity of the Turkish officers’ non-extradition, given the breakdown of the […]

Problems in opening bank accounts to asylum seekers

Given the difficulties asylum seekers face to open bank accounts, Solidarity Now’s General Manager, Epaminondas Farmakis, in a letter to the Ministries of Finance, Economy and Migration Policy on 8/12/2016, asked for their intervention in order for Greek banks to comply with the principle of legality and ensure the unhindered allocation of bank accounts to […]