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INTERSOS INTERVENTION

INTERSOS began its intervention in Greece in early 2016 by activating mobile teams consisting of operators and mediators in the reception camps established in the area between Thessaloniki and the Macedonian border. They distributed essential goods and identified the most vulnerable cases such as women, children, the elderly and the disabled, to ensure their dignity and protection. As the crisis stabilized, the intervention focused on the general management of the camps, as in the case of the Agia Eleni camp, and on the creation of local entities to manage community services, in coordination with local Greek associations and groups of migrants. This gave the immediate aid activities the colour of integration and communication between cultures.

HIGHLIGHTS

10

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS OF AID AND INVOLVEMENT OF MIGRANTS IN CENTRAL MACEDONIA, SUPPORTED WITH LOCAL GREEL ASSOCIATIONS (2016)

4.000

TOTAL PERSONS ASSISTED (2016)

2

NUMBER OF PROJECTS (2016)

CONTEXT

In the course of 2015, the Syrian crisis resulted in an extraordinary flow of refugees to Europe, the vast majority of which crossed Greece and the Balkans, headed for northern Europe. Following the closure of the border with Macedonia and the agreement between the European Union and Turkey on the refusal of refugees arriving in the Greek islands, some 50,000 people have been stuck in Greece, where they will have to remain indefinitely. 91% of these refugees are fleeing from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, countries affected by conflicts, and are therefore entitled to refugee status under international conventions. 60% are women and children, fleeing from conflicts and violence.

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