Accomodation of unaccompanied children
E.K.K.A. (NCSS – National Center for Social Solidarity) under the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity, receives and processes referrals for the accommodation of unaccompanied and separated children.
According to E.K.K.A. data1, as per 31 October 2019, one in five (1,109 out of 4,962) Unaccompanied Children (UAC) have a place in a long term accommodation shelter. More shelters and Supported Independent Living (SIL) apartments are planned.
As UNHCR highlights in the August 2019 fact sheet regarding Greece, “Arrangements for unaccompanied children in the reception centres remain woefully inadequate and the grim living conditions further exacerbate the well-being of 1,182 unaccompanied or separated children in the reception centres who often have limited options but to share their space with adults until they get transferred to a shelter appropriate for their age and needs.”2
Foster Care for Unaccompanied and Separated Children
NGO METAdrasi, in cooperation with the local Prosecutor’s Offices and authorities in the Athens metropolitan area and Thessaloniki, implements a short-term Foster Care programme for unaccompanied and separated children who are in the process of being reunited with relatives in another European country. This activity is in accordance with the national law and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.