SIRIUS is an EU founded project which was launched in January 2018 and will run for three years. It is consisted of 11 partners from 7 countries and it builds on a multi-dimensional conceptual framework in which host country or political-institutional, societal and individual-related conditions function either as enablers or as barriers to migrants’, refugees’ and asylum seekers’ integration via the labor market.

SIRIUS has a mixed methods approach and innovative dissemination plan involving online priority action networks, film essays, festival, job fair and an applied game along with scientific and policy dialogue workshops and conferences.

To do so, it has three main objectives:

  •  to provide systematic evidence on post-2014 migrants, refugees and asylum applicants especially women and young people and their potential for labor market employment and, more broadly, social integration
  • to advance knowledge on the complexity of labor market integration for post-2014 migrants, refugees and asylum applicants, and to explore their integration potential
  • to advance a theoretical framework for an inclusive integration agenda, outlining an optimal mix of policy pathways for labor market integration including concrete steps that Member States and other European countries along with the EU can take to ensure that migrant-integration policies and the broader system of workforce-development, training, and employment programs support new arrivals’ access to decent work opportunities and working conditions.

As one of the 3 NGOs involved in the project, SolidarityNow saw this project not only as being great opportunity but also as an important effort because labor market integration is part of what we do through our programs and advocacy efforts. We saw it as an opportunity to better inform our work and services and on the other help us develop more evidence-based research and policy recommendations at the national level.

Finally, we recognized the gender- sensitive approach the project is taking, which aligns with how we seek to support women and the additional burdens they face and our goal to reach an in-depth understanding of gender differences. Within the Consortium, we are focusing on the practical implementations of the research findings by hosting a Job Fair in Thessaloniki in spring 2019, and the testing of a Serious Game that employment agencies, migrant organisations and other stakeholders seeking to facilitate the labor market inclusion of recent migrants, asylum seekers and refugees will be able to use.

For more information, please visit the project’s website: https://www.sirius-project.eu/

“Migrant & Youth Social Inclusion Through Entrepreneurship”_#MySite

SolidarityNow, is partnering with five organizations from five EU countries to promote youth and migrant entrepreneurship and to highlight its significance as a means to social inclusion

The project entitled “Migrant and Youth Social Inclusion through Entrepreneurship” aims to promote entrepreneurship as a means towards social inclusion and integration. Beneficiaries of the project will include youth residing in the countries of focus, irrespective of their background, who wish to start their own business as entrepreneurs.

The project is funded by EC’s Erasmus+ programme and will be implemented in five EU countries over a period of 18 months by the following partners:

  • SolidarityNow | Greece
  • Asociacion Socio Educativa Llere | Spain
  • S.F.Or. Centro Studi Formazione Orientamento | Italy
  • Aequitas | Cyprus
  • The People for Change Foundation | Malta

The project includes the following activities:

  • Conduct a research on the landscape and policies for youth and migrant entrepreneurship, as well as the resources made available to young entrepreneurs in each participating country
  • Provision of basic entrepreneurship training and individual mentorship by established entrepreneurs, to 20 young individuals who are looking to start a business

And aims to:

  • Promote youth entrepreneurship as a means to become self-sustained and financially independent
  • Promote the social inclusion of TCN (third country nationals) as well as the re-integration of youth in the labour market, in five EU countries (Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Malta)

Following their Footsteps (COMPLETED)

following-their-footstepsThe closure of the borders and the Balkan route resulted in several thousands of people being trapped in Greece. Among them, the most vulnerable group: unaccompanied and separated children. Even though they are the most vulnerable, these children often do not receive the protection enshrined in European and international law.

In order to safeguard the human right to safety and decent living conditions, Faros in collaboration with four other organizations – SolidarityNow, Merimna, CivisPlus and Babel – are launching a program entitled “Following their Footsteps”.

The program aims to strengthen the systematic identification and registration of unaccompanied and separated minors living under difficult conditions in the streets of Athens and the provision of holistic care and hospitality through an alternative to detention or life on the streets. More specifically, the program aims to provide these children social integration opportunities, enhance the effectiveness of the existing support network in Athens and contribute decisively to reducing the phenomenon of absconding from accommodation structures through advocacy for the development of a specific national policy.

The project is funded by EPIM (European Programme for Integration and Migration).



SolidarityNow developed an IT project implemented in Polykastro that provided internet access and connectivity to the stranded population remaining at the EKO gas station following the closure of Greece’s northern border. This program enabled individuals to access information about asylum procedures, as well as provide them the ability to contact their families and friends.

The project has been completed and was funded by Care International and Rescue Telecom.

Care4Solidarity (COMPLETED)


SolidarityNow and CARE International (within the START Network), implemented a program that responded to the vital food needs of vulnerable populations, including refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, unemployed Greeks, and any other groups with urgent nutritional needs.

Care4Solidarity helped to fill the gap between groups who were in need of food assistance, but were excluded from the relevant public assistance programs. The project empowered these groups by provided cash vouchers directly to them, thereby giving these individuals the flexibility to decide for themselves which food items they wish to purchase to best meet their needs.

The project has been completed and was funded by Care International