Athens, the reflection of a broken protection system for refugee children

DCI-Greece and DCI-Netherlands recently published a report presenting the living situation of refugee children in Athens.

Through a series of interviews made with professionals (i.e. Social workers, NGO staff, former Government professionals, lawyers, psychologists) on the field of asylum and migration child protection, as well as interviews made with refugee children ( aged 10 to 17 years old coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan) and people from solidarity movements and adult refugees, both sections have undertaken a comprehensive field research in October 2017 to map the current situation refugee children find themselves in Athens and in the surrounding areas of Attika, and to identify the existing issues and needs.

Most refugee children live in unknown places or are homeless, while those who are on the waiting list for a shelter live in detention centers or Safe Zones within refugee camps. The ‘lucky’ ones live in special accommodation facilities.

According to the available data, there are currently 1.114 places available in shelters nationwide in Greece. There are 1.822 unaccompanied children on a waiting list for shelter, with 87 currently being homed in reception centres and 116 in protective custody. The waiting list does not include referrals whose location is
unknown. It is estimated that a large number of those children present in Athens live in a state of invisibility.

To learn more about the findings of DCI on the ground, view their report below