HumanRights360 presents the report of its Social Integration Service. The report contains the work the Service’s methodology and, most importantly, the most common barriers the organization has identified through the services it provides to asylum seekers, recognized refugees and undocumented migrants at the ECHO Hub Athens day centre, open accommodation site of Eleonas and, until recently, in the accommodation site of Skaramangas.
Τhis reporting concerns the issues identified in the period 2019-2021, many of which are however chronic and have intensified and/or emerged with the existing pandemic. In the case of asylum seekers, it shows how small bureaucratic hurdles or omissions can have cascading effects and ultimately degrade their quality of life. Issues of a similar nature continue to follow them even after they have obtained protection status. From there onwards there is another, less prominent category of citizens, that of people who for various reasons find themselves in Greece without legal documents and without options.
The aim of this documentation is to provide an overall picture of the challenges faced by this population, to raise awareness of existing policy gaps and of the cascade effects they have on other aspects of their daily lives. In the long run, with this documentation, we aspire to contribute to the public debate with proposals for improving existing integration policies and to trigger structural changes towards a realistic yet rights-based policy.
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