Swiss-Greek Cooperation Programme 2023-2026

         

 

The Athens Solidarity Center project is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Migration and Asylum and funding from the Swiss-Greek Cooperation Programme in Greece (Embassy of Switzerland in Greece), for three years starting August 1st, 2023.

The combined effects of the project activities will work towards two outcomes:

  1. Managing migration and supporting integration
  2. Strengthening social systems

Which will in turn lead towards the project impact:

Economic and social disparities reduced, and migration management strengthened.

The project aims to support 6.400 individuals, mainly asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants, empowering them to become active and productive members of society.

The Project

The project supports the operation of the Athens Solidarity Center with some services also offered in Thessaloniki.

The total budget amounts to EUR 2.422.859,97.

The services offered are:

  • Social Service: Carries out individual sessions (for info provision and empowerment), preparing documentation to support and enable requests such as accommodation applications, asylum registrations, child protection cases, Best Interest Assessments (BIAs) for Family Reunification cases and access to social benefits. (Offered in Athens)
  • Psychological Service: Ensures the right to access to quality mental health care through the provision of individual and group counselling. (Offered in Athens)
  • Legal Service: Offers legal consultation, mediation, and court representation across for a wide range of cases including asylum / migration, labour, civil and penal law as well as support with legal administrative issues. The Legal service collaborates closely with the Asylum Service for vulnerable individuals, based in the Athens Solidarity Center. (Offered in Athens and Thessaloniki)
  • Employability Service: Supports individuals who are looking to re-/integrate into the labour market, through informing them about labour rights preparing a CV, searching for work, prepare for interviews, and accessing national employment programs and skills development opportunities. (Offered in Athens)
  • Accounting Service: Provides access to welfare benefits, supports the submission of tax declarations and advisory on tax issues, issuance of unemployment cards and transportation cards, supporting beneficiaries to overcome administrative and integration challenges. (Offered in Athens)

The holistic nature of the services provided allows SolidarityNow to address the needs of individuals in their entirety, while the excellent and long-standing collaborations established with other stakeholders (Municipality of Athens, CSOs and international organizations, refugee and migrant communities and others) enhance and strengthen the impact of the services provided.

The work carried out by this project and the relevant awareness material is published on this web page and complementarily promoted via SolidarityNow’s main communication channels (website, e-newsletters, and social media pages).

Opening Event

2.11.2023 | The opening event to present the support provided to the Athens Solidarity Center by the Swiss-Greek Cooperation Programme took place in the Center’s premises. The event was honoured by the presence of Elisabeth Baume-Schneider, Head of the Department of Justice and Police in Switzerland, Dimitris Kairidis, Minister of Migration and Asylum in Greece, Stefan Estermann, Ambassador of Switzerland in Greece and Kostas Bakoyannis, ex-Mayor of Athens.

You can find the event’s agenda here.

Press releases

Opening event of the support by the Swiss-Greek Cooperation Programme to the Athens Solidarity Center” | 3.11.2023

Human stories and Articles

Article: A tax guide for everyone (in 7 languages) | 1.2.2024

How Legal support transformed the life of a vulnerable refugee from Sri Lanka” | 4.3.2024

Fighting for Justice: Protecting the rights of a Senegalese refugee” | 4.3.2024

Transition to adulthood: The role of psychological support” | 9.4.2024

E-newsletters

Contact persons

Marilyn Polena, General Manager | Email: marilynp@solidaritynow.org, Tel. 210 6772500

Valia Andrakakou, ASC Coordinator | Email: valia@solidaritynow.org, Tel. 210 8220883

Find out more on the Swiss-Greek Cooperation Programme: https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/greece/en/home/switzerland-and/bilateral-relations.html