There are more than 60,000 refugees in Greece and an overwhelming demand for information to understand what is happening to them.
As an organisation who has been working with information for refugees for the past year, we are very aware that asylum seekers in Greece are struggling to understand the processes, which can easily result in them being deported after receiving a negative decision.
Unaccompanied minors in particular are responsible for their own asylum applications and struggle to understand what they need to do access their rights. Refugees are also struggling to integrate into a destabilised and bureaucratic Greek economy and society. Survival becomes paramount.
Greek public bodies are unable to move fast enough to provide information and amenities to asylum seekers and we work with them to fill this information gap. The information that they do provide is complicated, long and often not translated into languages the refugees understand. It is almost impossible to find answers to essential information that is relevant to a refugee in any given circumstance.
Why do Refugees need RefuComm?
There are 60,910 persons of concern in Greece.
37% of these are children.
21% of these are women.
42% of these are men.
The Greek economic crisis goes on like an “Odyssey with no end.”
The last year for Greece has been tumultuous, punctuated by two elections, a referendum, negotiations to reach a bail out deal, and Athens’ closest brush yet with bankruptcy and euro exit.
In addition, Greece is expected to accommodate refugees that Europe does not want and they are not coping well. Conditions for refugees are poor to say the least.
Greece can barely cope with providing basic human rights for refugees. Information provision is definitely at the back of the queue.
RefuComm and a few other small but agile information providers are currently, the ‘official’ and recognised providers of information to refugees. We attend regular meetings with the Greek Asylum Service and NGOs and are expected to provide information for 60,000 refugees. We have recently been asked to write up new processes by GAS and provide training for volunteers so that they can help refugees to access accurate information.
The team at RefuComm have made it their business to find creative ways of providing accurate information to refugees in their own language and in a timely manner.
We have moved swiftly to bring some excellent projects to fruition.
We are about to launch an online Robot that can give tailored information to any refugee with a phone.
We are increasing our library of translated information in audio format for those who can’t read.
We have plans to provide information on MP3 players to resolve the issue of limited wi-fi.
We are making even more translated information films to engage all the senses and engage people with the information.
These are creative solutions to information provision. Solutions that do what they say on the tin.
To do all this, we need your help!
We need to pay for printing, travel to the camps.
We need to pay for our great animation which is about to be launched.
We need to pay the development and delivery of our chatbot.
We need to pay for thousands of MP3 players that will be going out to the camps.
YOU CAN CHOOSE
You can choose which project to donate to:
Mark your donations with the project number:
Project 1. For general donations for printing, petrol and travel around the camps.
Project 2. To donate towards the animation.
Project 3. To donate towards our chatbot.
Project 4. To donate towards the MP3 players