We have all seen images of the refugee plight in recent years: families struggling to reach the shores of Greece; small children left alone in a foreign country.
While international agencies and organizations have dedicated vital resources to address emergency needs, no city could have been prepared enough to respond to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
Recognizing the need for more strategic and coordinated deployment of services and funds, the Athens Partnership collaborated with the Municipality to launch the Athens Coordination Center for Migrant and Refugee issues (ACCMR). ACCMR brings together 93 of the largest national and international refugee organizations to better manage resources, share data, inform policy, and anticipate future needs.
Asef Farjam, Open Society Fellow and member of the European Migrant Advisory Board remarks: "The Athens Coordination Center for Migrant and Refugee issues plays a key role in helping refugee communities make their voices heard. Through the ACCMR, they can influence decision making and help shape policy to address real needs effectively."
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