Unaccompanied minors are one of the most vulnerable groups in the refugee population. Children without parents, without family, victims of exploitation, abuse and social exclusion. Studies by international refugee management institutions in all three southern European countries - Spain, Italy and Greece - highlight the issue of unaccompanied minors as one of the darker sides of European Union policy.
Since October 2019, the Koinoniko EKAV undertook the operation of three Accommodation Structures for unaccompanied children, in the framework of the "Nefeli" project, which is co-financed by the European Union and the National Program of the Asylum, Immigration and Integration Fund. The project was named "Nefeli" in honor of the mythological Oceanida, goddess of Hospitality and concerns the hospitality of boys from 12 to 18 years old, who have arrived in Greece without parents and family.
The project "Nefeli" aims at the operation of two Accommodation Structures for unaccompanied minors in the prefecture of Attica and one in the Prefecture of Kastoria. These three structures provide housing, food, medical and psychological support, education, and entertainment to 108 children. Also, the main goal of the action is to strengthen the self-confidence and the development of the children's skills, in order to integrate them in the Greek and European reality.
The structures of minors are framed by social workers, psychologists, teachers, interpreters and caregivers. Legal support is also provided for the procedures of reuniting children with their families, living in European territory or any other procedures required to respect their rights.
Through this initiative, the Kinoniko EKAV meets its fundamental goal, the fight against social exclusion in all its forms, and wishes to contribute, to the best of its ability, to the fulfillment by our country of its humanitarian duty and its international commitments.