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Acknowledging the increased needs of asylum seekers and appreciating the long standing experience and work of KSPM-ERP, the Swiss Embassy through Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC 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 Dublin III regulation.
The project “Rebuild our Lives- legal aid for refugees in Athens” is implemented by the Integration Center for Migrant Workers – Ecumenical Refugee Program with the support of Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe. The duration of this project is from the 1st of September 2017 to 15th of October 2018. The overall objective is to contribute to a durable solution for vulnerable cases of asylum seekers/refugees and grant assistance to rebuild their lives. Our project aims to offer legal aid and social support to people in need of international protection. The specific objective is the improvement of the situation of asylum seekers/refugees with regards to their legal and social rights. The program’s purpose is to serve totally 400 people in terms of legal aid and 200 people which are bound to receive supportive social services. Furthermore, another goal is to support all the employees working in our Organization through sensitivity groups and supervision from psychologists who specialize in group psychotherapy and traumatization(EMDR), aiming among others at relieving stress and preventing secondary traumatization.
The project «Legal aid for backlog cases of Ecumenical Refugee Program» is implemented by the Integration Center for Migrant Workers – Ecumenical Refugee Program with the support of Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME). The project focuses on granting legal assistance to old beneficiaries of the Ecumenical Refugee Program, either under already recognized refugee status, subsidiary protection and humanitarian status or asylum seekers after the rejection of their family reunification application under Dublin III Regulation.
The duration of this project is from the 1st of January 2018 to 30th of September 2018. The program’s purpose is to serve 100 cases in terms of legal counselling and orientation, legal representation in front of asylum services and legal aid about integration issues and special procedures concerning recognized refugees, like family reunification with their family members outside EU and citizenship acquisition.
The project “Legal aid for vulnerable cases” is implemented by the Integration Centre for Migrant Workers – Ecumenical Refugee Program (KSPM-ECRP) with the support of the Evangelical Church of Rhineland (Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland).
The objective of the program is to provide guidance and counselling services, legal aid and legal representation to international protection applicants and migrants, with the opportunity to provide also psychosocial support to a certain number of cases.
The project’s duration is 8 months (07.05.18- 30.12.18) and it aims to provide support to – at least- 80 beneficiaries with particular regard to vulnerability.