On 30.11.2016 Trude Jacobsen, General Secretary of the Norwegian voluntary organization DROP IN THE OCEAN (www.drapenihavet.no) visited our office. DROP IN THE OCEAN is doing great work with its volunteers who are deployed in several refugee camps in Greece.
In the meeting there was discussion on ways to strengthen the coooperation between the two organizations.
Brussels, 29 November - EU institutions and Member States must do more to protect refugee and migrant children, a statement signed by 78 agencies including Save the Children and UNICEF said today to mark the opening of the 10th European Forum on the Rights of the Child in Brussels. Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis will soon enter its third year, with children playing…Read more
On 17 November AITIMA participated to the meeting of PICUM Working Group on Undocumented Children and Families which took place in Brussels.
PICUM also released the collection of children testimonies "Hear our voices"
During the period 5-9 November the Head of Ngo AITIMA Spyros Rizakos had meetings on the occeasion of the release of AITIMA's report on administrative detention "Forgotten" as well as the recent developments regarding the management of the refugee issue by Greece and EU in general.
More specifically there were meetings with the EU Commission's Return and Asylum Units as well…Read more
The period when refugees massively transited Greece on their way to central and northern Europe was succeeded by the gradual closure of the Balkan route and the implementation of the policy marked by the EU-Turkey Joint Statement. Thus, since last March the approximately 60.000 refugees who had already entered and continued entering Greece with the aim of moving on to…Read more
Today AITIMA released the new report FORGOTTEN: Administratively detained irregular migrants and asylum seekers.
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The report was presented by SPYROS RIZAKOS and KATERINA LYMPEROPOULOU (AITIMA). GIORGOS DAFNIS (UNHCR) and CHRYSA HATZI (OMBUDSMAN) commented on the report.
The event was attended by Ministry officials, journalists and Civil Society Organizations’ representatives.
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AITIMA is delivering a project on MONITORING IMMIGRATION DETENTION. During the fourth quarter of the project we visited detention areas in Thessaloniki. We found that the problems we have already documented regarding detention conditions and decision-making procedures persist.
We would like to stress that minors are detained for long until there is a free space in an open reception center…Read more
On 25 August 2016 the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. Filippo Grandi had a meeting with the organizations which support refugees, so that they would express their views regarding the situation of refugees in Greece.
AITIMA participated to the meeting and expressed its deep concern regarding the human rights situation of the refugees.
More specifically AITIMA referred to:
-The situation after the…Read more
AITIMA is delivering a project on MONITORING IMMIGRATION DETENTION. During the third quarter of the project we visited detention areas in Evros and follow-up visits to detention areas in Attica and Korinthos. We found that the problems we have already documented regarding detention conditions and decision-making procedures persist.
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On 25-26 June the 3 X 3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT “BLOCK VIOLENCE AND RACISM” was held in Galatsi, Athens.
AITIMA participated for third time aiming at promoting the participation of children belonging to vulnerable groups as well as at combating racism.
This year we contributed to the participation of unaccompanied minors who stay in Athens as well as of a team from the…Read more
AITIMA was invited to participate to the Multi-stakeholder meeting on the protection of the human rights of migrants in large movements, co-organized by the Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights and the Platform for the International Cooperation on Undοcumented Migrants. The meeting took place on 1 st June in Geneva..
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This year, just like in 2015, the staff and the customers of the A-B Super Market in Koukaki area gathered food and personal hygiene items and offered them to AITIMA in order that they will be distributed to refugee families.
We thank them!
19 May 2016 - ASYLUM CAMPAIGN: OPEN LETTER TO THE ASYLUM SERVICE for fast full registration and fair examination of asylum applications.
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AITIMA is delivering a project on MONITORING IMMIGRATION DETENTION.
During the second quarter of the project we visited detention areas in Northern Greece and Peloponnese.
During this period we noted:
Increase of the overall number of detainees.
Increase in the number of detainees who are readmitted to Turkey, without prior proper procedures for the identification of people in need of international protection or special…Read more
AITIMA implemented activities for offering material support in Korinthos and in Peiraias. More specifically on 29 February we visited the Pre-Removal Center in Korinthos in order to deliver items for personal hygiene to be distributed to detainees with the cooperation of the Ngo PRAKSIS. On 2 March we visited the Port of Peiraias where over 3000 refugees have found shelter…Read more
PRESS RELEASE – INVITATION TO PRESS CONFERENCE
Athens, 16 February 2016
The organizations participating in the network group “Campaign for the Access to Asylum”, would like to express our deepest concern about the harrowing developments in the political and social context, which lead to the dismantling of the legal acquis concerning the refugee and human rights protection, both in Greece and Europe.
On Monday 28 December 2015 a Christmas event was held for the children of the open reception center in Elaionas Athens. The event was organized by AITIMA in cooperation with the administration of the Reception Center and the Greek Basketball Players' Union.
The event was also attended by the Alternate General Secretary of the Minister of the Interior Mr. Janetos Filippakos. The…Read more
AITIMA is delivering a project on MONITORING IMMIGRATION DETENTION.
During the first quarter of the project we visited detention areas in Attica and we investigated detainees’ cases.
Our main finding is that there is significant decrease in the number of detainees and in the length of detention; however - despite this - the detention system still presents serious problems regarding both the…Read more
On 2 December 2015 an event was held in Oslo to discuss refugee issues, and more specifically to present the situation in Greece and the rest of Europe.
The event aimed on one hand at informing the Norwegian public, and on the other at supporting AITIMA in order to offer more assistance to refugees.
In the event, which was organized by the…Read more
TO: THE PRESIDENT OF EU COMMISSION JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKERPRIME MINISTER OF GREECE ALEXIS TSIPRAS
Athens, 30 November 2015
No More Lives Lost in the Aegean Sea!
In the aftermath of the recent tragic developments and the loss of so many human lives due to the terrorist attacks, another tragedy is still unfolding in the Aegean Sea, as hundreds of people who are in need…Read more
30 October 2015
Over the past few months, several European Council as well as Justice and Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Council meetings have been convened to discuss and develop immediate responses and policies to address the recent increase in migrants and refugees arriving to Europe.
59 leading organisations in the fields of human rights, child rights, health and social inclusion, including…Read more