Forced Migration Unit – University of Nottingham

The significance of research on forced migration continues to increase and so does the need to identify policy approaches that have international protection at their core. Led by Dr Daria Davitti, the Forced Migration Unit benefits from the collaboration with national and international NGOs, experts and practitioners in international, regional and domestic human rights law, development


Since the beginning of 2015, with Greece’s unprecedented number of migrant and refugee arrivals fleeing conflict, the City of Athens has increasingly adopted a proactive approach towards developing strategies to address the needs of these vulnerable populations. In this context, the City of Athens undertook the initiative to establish the Athens Coordination Center for Migrant and Refugee issues (ACCMR). The initiative aims at the efficient coordination between the municipal authorities and stakeholders operating within the city, such as national and international NGOs, international organizations, and migrant and refugee community groups. Its goal is to shape the necessary conditions for the smooth integration of migrants and refugees currently living in the city of Athens, but also for dealing with emergency situations linked with future migration flows.

HumanRights360 is a member of the Representative Council for Research and Documentation (ASET), which was set up by Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity   to respond to today’s challenges in the area of migration. Specialized on rights-based advocacy, ASET intends first to highlight the problems and secondly through study, research and documentation to intervene accordingly towards the best possible solution. The council is made up of representatives of immigrant communities operating in Greece with years of experience and engagement in socio-political activities. Other members also include researchers and experts with experience and expertise on migration as well as in the area of advocacy and rights protection.

Golden Dawn Watch is an initiative to monitor the trial against Golden Dawn, organised by the Hellenic League for Human Rights, the Greek Observatory against Fascism and Racist Speech in the Media, which works as part of the Educational Foundation of ESIEA (Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers), the Antifascist League of Athens and Piraeus, and the City of Athens Migrants’ Integration Council. The main aspect of this initiative is the website, which will be managed by an editorial group. The initiative is already supported in various ways by antiracist and antifascist organisations, foundations, NGOs, citizens’ groups and migrant organisations.

Racist Violence Recording Network

The initiative for the establishment of the Racist Violence Recording Network was taken in mid-2011 by the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Greece (UNHCR) on the basis of two major findings: a) the identified absence of an official and effective data collection system on racist violence and b) the need to coordinate organisations which recorded, on their own initiative, incidents of racist violence against people who sought their services. Ever since October 2011, when the RVRN began effective operation, its scope of activity has been constantly growing.

The RVRN is comprised of actors offering medical, social and legal services or/and coming in direct contact with victims of racist violence or victims of other hate- or bias-motivated violent attacks as well as organizations established by the groups which are usually targeted by racist violence themselves. To join the RVRN a necessary precondition is respect for human rights, diversity, multiculturalism, and freedom of religion as well as action in tackling discrimination and intolerance. Apart from the coordinators, the UNHCR and the GNCHR, the RVRN is comprised of 42 Non-Governmental Organisations and civil society actors, as well as the Greek Ombudsman and the Migrants’ Integration Council of the Municipality of Athens, as observers.

International Detention Coalition (IDC)

The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is a unique global network of over 400 civil society organisations and individuals in almost 90 countries, that advocate for, research and provide direct services to refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants affected by immigration detention.

Network for the Rights of Children on the Move

The “Network for the Rights of Children on the Move” is an informal network operating under the initiation and coordination of the Greek Deputy Ombudsman for Children Rights. Its operation started in January 2017 and its main objectives are a) to support the monitoring of the situation of children on the move across Greece, and b) to promote evidence – based advocacy actions on issues of shared concern related to children.

European public health alliance (EPHA)

A member-led organisation made up of public health NGOs, patient groups, health professionals and disease groups, we work to improve health and strengthen the voice of public health in Europe.
Our actions and campaigns reflect our values: equity, solidarity, sustainability, universality, diversity and good governance.
Since formal establishment in spring 1993, EPHA has built a solid network of over 90 members dedicated to provide better health for all.

EPHA’s Mission and Vision
Our mission and vision are enshrined in our Statutes.
Our mission is to bring together the public health community to provide thought leadership and facilitate change; to build public health capacity to deliver equitable solutions to European public health challenges, to improve health and reduce health inequalities.
Our vision is of a Europe with universal good health and well-being, where all have access to a sustainable and high quality health system: A Europe whose policies and practices contribute to health, both within and beyond its borders.
EPHA works on six key thematic campaigns, and runs a number of actions on cross-cutting issues.
By 2020, EPHA aims to make sure that public health objectives and the reduction of health inequalities will be fully taken into account (‘mainstreamed’) through all relevant EU policies and programmes, with the EU institutions making a shift to a Governance for Health and Wellbeing approach.

What EPHA does
EPHA is a member of, among others, the Social Platform and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).
We monitor the policy making process within the EU institutions and support the flow of information on health promotion and public health policy developments amongst all interested players including: politicians, civil servants, NGOs, stakeholders and the public;
We promote greater awareness amongst European citizens and NGOs about policy developments and programme initiatives that affect the health of those living in the EU, allowing them to contribute to the policy making process;
We train, mentor and support NGOs and health actors to engage with the EU, particularly local organisations, those working with disadvantaged communities and in XCentral and Eastern Europe;
We participate in policy debates and stakeholder dialogues to raise the profile of health in all policy areas, supporting collaboration and partnerships between non-governmental organisations and other organisations active at European, national and local level on health promotion and public health.