Assessment on the access to formal education for unaccompanied children in shelters

The Children on the Move Network, coordinated by the Deputy Ombudsman for Children’s Rights, conducted an assessment in April – May 2017 with the aim to examine the access to school of unaccompanied children accommodated in Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) shelters. The assessment has been supported by members of Children on the Move Network, […]

Family reunification and resettlement procedures for accompanied and unaccompanied minors

On 11 May 2017, the Greek Ombudsman in the framework of his institutional mission for the protection and promotion of children’s rights, addressed in a letter to the Central Asylum Service a series of findings and proposals on family reunification and resettlement procedures for accompanied and unaccompanied minors. These are based on cases that have […]


The Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) condemns the attacks against Palestinian, Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers, including a trans woman, that took place last week on Leros. According to the RVRN recordings, six (6) distinct attacks were perpetrated between midnight of May 2nd and the evening of May 4th. Three (3) incidents took place within […]

PRESS STATEMENT: 15 NGOs Decry New Policy Limiting Asylum Seekers in Exercising their Right to Appeal

On 9 May 2017 Solidarity Now and 14 more NGOs urge the Greek Government to immediately reverse the recent policy excluding asylum-seekers on the Greek islands who appeal negative asylum decisions from the possibility of participating later on in the International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM) Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme and forcing those […]

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 […]