ADVOCACY

The Killing of George Floyd and the Age of Covert Racism

by Salma Mohamed, Intern at the Advocacy Unit, SolidarityNow  The killing of George Floyd, a black man detained for allegedly using a counterfeit bill, by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, impelled by the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, led to protests of widespread, systemic, and historic racial inequities across the […]

Ending homelessness – it can be done!

Europe on 23rd July 2020, in attendance of European Commissioner for social affairs Nicolas Schmit. Shocking: Greece tops more than one “top worst” list EU-wide: homelessness is a reality for half of its unaccompanied minors, poor households and people with disabilities find it increasingly difficult to pay rent, and foreign nationals are by far more […]

Organisations in Greece, local and international health bodies warn: “discrimination does not protect against COVID-19”

Following the letter sent to the Greek authorities in early July, these organisations which work with refugees and immigrants in Greece would like to express their concern and opposition to the decision of the government to once again impose confinement measures on all the accommodation facilities for asylum-seekers in Greece, in the general context of […]

Greece: Organisations share recommendations for the best use of EU funds for refugees

Athens, 14 July 2020 – Four Civil Society Organisations operating in the field of migration in Greece, published today a policy brief with recommendations addressed to national authorities about the best use of EU funds for the integration of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in the country. Despite availability of funds, efforts to integrate refugees […]

Statement by Civil Society Organisations about the new NGO Registry of the Ministry of Migration and Asylum

SolidarityNow together with 67 other organisations, released a statement to Greek officials urging them to reconsider a new legislation about the registration and certification of organisations active in the field of international protection, migration, asylum and social integration of third-country nationals, that introduces unnecessary and disproportional barriers on our work. We request that the government […]

Open letter: The European Commission must prioritise addressing police violence and structural racism in the EU

ENAR and 150+ organisations across Europe co-signed this open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to raise our serious concerns regarding the lack of reaction of EU leaders regarding police brutality against people of colour in Europe as well as institutional and structural racism. 12 June 2020 Open Letter to Commission President […]

FEANTSA study visit: Reception and housing conditions for asylum seekers residing in Greece

Back in March @FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless,  conducted a study visit to Greece, to learn more about the material reception conditions for asylum seekers residing in the country (particularly in Lesvos and Athens) and to better understand the main challenges that both asylum seekers and reception centres face. […]

Finding work is easier with new technology to help migrants enter the job market

A new serious game application launches in time for World Refugee Day June 20, 2020 To mark World Refugee Day on June 20, 2020, a new application called WORKEEN launches to help migrants, asylum seekers and refugees gain access to the job market. WORKEEN is a serious game application, created by a team of political scientists, […]