U-CARE: Urgent Care for Unaccompanied Migrant Children stranded in Greece
Duration: 1 December 2017 - 31 July 2018
- Targeted maintenance interventions and provision of protection services in Chios.
- Improvement of accommodation facilities and provision of protection services in Lesvos (Moria).
- Providing support for the operation of HRC shelters run by the Hellenic Red Cross (HRC) in Athens and Kalavrita.
Given the principles that no children should reside under inadequate conditions and UMCs should be provided with specialized care in line with their best interests, IOM aims at providing emergency care and ensuring the well-being of UMCs in Greece, through secure accommodation and assistance tailored to their specific needs.
Through the proposed project, IOM will ensure the provision of services to vulnerable groups stranded in Greece and especially to UMCs residing in inadequate facilities and being in need of specialized care.
IOM will boost the national capacity in providing specialized accommodation and protection services for UMCs on the islands, where huge gaps are currently noted. In particular, 88 additional places were created in Lesvos, while existing places in Lesvos (80) and Chios (90) were maintained and enhanced.
In addition, by supporting the operation of two HRC shelters, IOM will prevent the loss of 60 places in the mainland.
Finally, by providing services and direct protection assistance to UMCs, IOM will support national authorities and reinforce the existing mechanisms for UMCs’ removal from unsuitable facilities as well as the transfer to appropriate ones, while also preparing the ground for transition under national programming.
Areas of action: Chios, Lesvos, Athens, Kalavrita