Athens Coordination Center for Migrant and Refugee issues
Vice – Mayor City of Athens for Migrants, Refugees and Municipal Decentralization, Public Issue
The unprecedented plight of refugees in recent years found European governments unprepared to deal with a global humanitarian crisis. In Greece, public and private forces channeled an enormous amount of resources for relief efforts; however, gaps and a lack of coordination often hampered results.
The Athens Coordination Center for Migrant and Refugee issues (ACCMR) was developed to bring together the major entities serving refugees. Starting with 35 members, the ACCMR today includes 93 of the most prominent national and international organizations, as well as smaller grassroots organizations and municipal agencies, all sharing data and resources to strategically address immediate and future needs of refugees as well as inform policy and spending.
The coalition of providers convened through the ACCMR is also leading the development of a preparedness plan to address future refugee crises. Municipal staff are working with ACCMR members to map services and infrastructure, identify challenges, and develop emergency scenarios.
A Strategic Action Plan for Refugee and Migrant Integration is also being developed by the ACCMR, which can serve as a model for municipalities across Greece. The ACCMR is hosting ongoing trainings and education seminars such as staff workshops on minors experiencing trauma and training courses for young refugees on coding with SAP Corporation.
The ACCMR also led the creation of the "Cities Network for Integration”, which comprises 12 municipalities who have joined forces to promote refugee integration into local communities, as well as share experiences and best practices.
ACCMR in numbers
93 member organizations
5 municipal departments engaged
65 pilot project proposals developed
12 Municipalies in the “Cities Network for Integration”
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