“Never Alone –Building our Future with Children and Youth Arriving in Europe” Programme
European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM)
The European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) in a joint effort between 11 charitable institutions, including the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Bodossaki Foundation and the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, is implementing a funding plan to address the particularly urgent situation of unaccompanied children and young people in Greece. The programme is part of the pan-European initiative "Never Alone - Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe” and aims to support social solidarity institutions, through the implementation of three sub-programmes:
I. PRAKSIS, in collaboration with CIVIS PLUS and ELIX, aims at reinforcing protection for unaccompanied girls facing the danger of sexual violence and trafficking. Through the establishment of shelters in an environment suitable for children, PRAKSIS ensures quality care and protection, through medical, legal, psychological and social support, opening the way for their integration into Greek society.
II. The NGO Faros, in collaboration with the NGOs Solidarity Now, Merimna, CIVIS PLUS and BABEL, is extending a programme of identification, protection and escape prevention of unaccompanied minors currently isolated in Athens.
ΙΙΙ. Through this programme ΜΕΤΑdrasi strengthens the Guardianship Network for Unaccompanied Minors which has been established in Athens and Lesvos, as well as other top priority locations. The network assists the work of juvenile prosecutors and prosecutors in the courts of first instance who are often charged with the responsibility for hundreds of children and are accordingly unable to provide the necessary specialised care.
- According to the National Centre for Social Solidarity, in early 2016 1,947 unaccompanied minors arrived in Greece, of whom 671 remain in the country unsheltered.
- 55% of the unaccompanied minors are under 14 years of age.