In 2015, Athens began welcoming tens of thousands of refugees. Since then, the Greek capital has been playing a leading role in managing the refugee crisis. In this context, the Municipality developed close cooperation with European and global bodies and organizations and actively participated in networks of cities, in Greece and Europe.
With social cohesion and integration as a priority, the Municipality of Athens implements and supports initiatives that contribute to the reception and integration of refugees and migrants.
In this context, the municipality ensures the elimination of discrimination by promoting the principle of equal treatment in the social services it provides. Indicatively, the Municipality of Athens provides services for the homeless and people in need, the unemployed, women victims/survivors of gender-based violence and the elderly. The integration policies of refugees and migrants are part of the wider scope of activity of the Municipality to support the vulnerable groups of the population.
In parallel to the services provided, communication with the refugee and migrant communities in a regular and systematic way is a necessary condition for building cities without exclusions. The Migrant and Refugee Integration Council (SEMP) serves as a forum for migrant and refugee communities to be formally involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of initiatives that directly or indirectly affect them.
Last but not least, through the Cities Network for Integration (CNI), in which participate 18 Municipalities of Greece, the Municipality of Athens promotes policies and synergies for social cohesion and inclusion.
The Municipal Authority treats integration as a two-way process that requires mutual commitment and includes rights and obligations for both sides. Designing and implementing policies that take into account the economic and social aspects of integration, as well as historic, cultural and religious diversity, citizenship, political rights and migrants’ participation in the community, is a vision for the City of Athens.
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