News

03Apr

Press Release: Cooperation of the Church of Greece with the Swiss Confederation

-Funding agreement- On April 3rd 2019, the President of the nonprofit organization of the Church of Greece “Integration Center for Migrant Workers- Ecumenical Refugee Program”, his Eminence Metropolitan of Ilion, Mr. Athinagoras and his Eminence, the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation in Greece, Mr. Olaf Kjelsen, signed the continuation of the support of the activities of the Church of Greece through KSPM-ERP. The meeting, which was held at the offices of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, reaffirmed the confidence of...

08Mar

KSPM-ERP participates in an event for unaccompanied minors in France

The issue of unaccompanied minors seeking international protection in Europe was presented in the event “Children in Exile” held in Bischwiller, France, on March 8th 2019. The event was organized under the auspices of the Parish of the Orthodox Church of Strasbourg and the Bischwiller city municipality. KSPM-ERP was represented by mr George Papadimitriou, lawyer and member of the legal team of the organization. In his presentation, mr Papadimitriou referred to the situation of unaccompanied minors in Greece and presented the legal...

07Mar

European Academy of Religion: Annual conference 2019

KSPM-ERP’s Director, arch. Panteleimon Papasynefakis was invited to participate in the works of the annual Conference of Academy of Religion held in Bologna, Italy from 4th – 7th of March. In his speech in the framework of the session “Dialogue as an approach to social inclusion of Migrant and Refugees – Notes from the field”,  Arch. Panteleimon Papasynefakis presented the organisation‘s work and referred to the current refugee situation in Greece and the emerging urgency for a solid integration policy. He...

04Mar

Participation in the Network for Dialogue / Bologna March 1-4

The second Network for Dialogue meeting was held from 1-4 March in Bologna, Italy. During the meetings, network members, international and national organizations (KAICIID, Red Cross, Islamic Relief, Adra), dealt with the key issue of integrating refugees into local communities by exchanging useful information and thoughts concerning the further development of the Network. KSPM-ERP was represented by our Director, arch. Panteleimon Papasynefakis, who has thoroughly informed the network members about the situation in Greece.   ...

21Feb

Press Release: Continuation of Cooperation of the Church of Greece and the Swiss Confederation

The “Integration Centre for Migrant Workers-Ecumenical Refugee Program” (KSPM-ERP), a non-profit organization of the Church of Greece, continues to provide legal and psycho-social support to applicants for international protection with the support of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM through the Swiss Embassy in Greece. All services of lawyers, social workers and interpreters are provided free of charge to the beneficiaries. Our office will receive referrals from Monday to Friday 9 to 5. * Photo snapshot from the meeting of Mr Mike M....

07Feb

Visit of MEPs to the offices of our “Center”

MEPs Mrs Michaela Šojdrová (Czech Republic) and Mrs Julie Girling (Great Britain) visited today February 7 2019, the offices of our Center at the Holy Synod Palace. The Very Reverend Archimandrite Panteleimon Papasynefakis, Director of the “Center” welcomed the members of the European Parliament and together with his colleagues, had the opportunity to inform them about the work being done and the major challenges of the refugee issue. The MEPs wanted to be particularly informed about issues concerning unaccompanied minors...

31Jan

Cut of the New Year’s cake

On Thursday, January 31, we cut the New Year’s cake of our “Center”. All employees of the “Center” found the opportunity to exchange once again optimistic wishes for the new year. The Very Reverend Archimandrite Panteleimon Papasynefakis, Director of the “Center”, after conveying the wishes of the President, Eminence Metropolitan of Ilion Acharnai and Petroupolis Mr. Athinagoras, wished each one separately for the New Year, underlined the great contribution of the Church of Greece to the management of the consequences...

31Oct

The Swiss Confederation supports KSPM-ERP

The Integration Center for Migrant Workers- Ecumenical Refugee Program continues to provide assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Acknowledging the increased needs of asylum seekers and appreciating the long standing experience and work of KSPM-ERP, the Swiss Embassy has facilitated a funding agreement in order for our organization to continue providing legal and psycho-social assistance to seekers of international protection, focusing on vulnerable cases of family reunion claims under the...