social consultation for integration
In Mytilini, capital of the island our Welcome Office assists with bureaucratic steps into the Greek society (how to get a tax number, social insurance and unemployment card). Further we have an open consultation space and through networking with other actors we try to find solution for every individual – where to find a lawyer, how to get into public schools, how to rent a flat, how to find a job etc. With our Welcome Office we wish to be a central point for refugees and locals to connect and support each other with dignity and respect. We provide:
educational activities for young people
We conduct Welcome Lessons for refugee children and young people from the ages 12 to 18 years old. Due to the lack of access to education for many refugee children living in Lesbos,we are one of the of the “first aid” education actors on the island that try to fill some gaps with the following program:
first reception in the (north)east of the island
In the north and northeast of the island we are engaged in the first reception of refugees: Proti Stassi (Greek for “First Stop”) wishes to make the life of the just arriving humans in flimsy dingy boats a bit easier. This can be transportation from the shore to the first reception area, providence of a warm space and of dry clothes, water, a snack, some information and most important a welcoming friendly face within the whole emergency situation. We want to welcome refugees and act united as humans without borders – give them a friendly start in Europe.
networking and public relations
Especially within the new changes and the ongoing trend of a “fortress Europe” that doesn’t respect the human rights. We need to keep informing what is happening at the borders. Transparency and education – facts and stories of migrants and refugees will show that we need to build bridges instead of walls.
Kontorioutou 45, 81100 Mytilini, Lesbos, Greece