About the ACCMR
Since the beginning of 2015, with Greece’s unprecedented number of migrant and refugee arrivals fleeing conflict, the City of Athens has increasingly adopted a proactive approach towards developing strategies to address the needs of these vulnerable populations and ensure social coherence.
Athens Coordination Center for Migrant and Refugee issues (ACCMR) - a City of Athens initiative - functions as a coordination hub for the fruitful exchange of good practices and know-how between local and international NGOs, international organizations and municipal bodies on issues ranging from temporary accommodation to integration of newcomers. The main goal of ACCMR is the efficient coordination between the municipal authorities and stakeholders operating within the city in order to shape the necessary conditions for the smooth integration of migrants and refugees currently living in Athens, promote social coherence and deal with emergency situations linked with future migration flows.
* The Athens Coordination Center for Migrant and Refugee Issues (ACCMR) was established in June 2017 with Stavros Niarchos Foundation as founding donor under the coordination of the Athens Partnership. ACCMR operates within the framework of the Department for the Support and Social Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees of the Directorate of Social Solidarity. Since April 2020, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration have been supporting ACCMR on the basis of tripartite cooperation with the Municipality of Athens.
What we want to achieve
Key areas of ACCMR's action is connecting its members with municipal services and municipal bodies, disseminating information to promote cooperation and to encourage balance in public discourse, and promoting institutional changes at local and national level.
Under this scope, the ACCMR has developed a Strategic Action Plan for the smooth integration of migrants and refugees in the City of Athens. Importantly, in collaboration with key stakeholders has produced the first Guide for a 'Preparedness and Response Mechanism for effective contingency planning in the event of refugee-related emergencies in Athens. In addition, a research that was conducted in the period October 2016 – January 2017 under the scope of AORI - a pilot research project offered important insights on the situation of the refugee/immigrant population as well as on existing possibilities for their inclusion and integration.
ACCMR has also assumed a central role in the Cities Network for Integration, which so far consists of 17 municipalities in the country.
How we work
ACCMR’s operation is organized around 6 Working Committees with the participation of both municipal and other actors involved in the provision of services to migrants and refugees, each focusing on a specific set of services (housing, employment, health, education, legal support, gender aspects), and all working towards defining a comprehensive service delivery system that takes into consideration the short-term and long-term goals of integration. The Center currently counts more than 90 members, while over 200 representatives of the members are actively involved in ACCMR’s operations.
Our tools at your disposal
The Digital Platform
The ACCMR digital platform enables its members to map their services and activities, with a view to including all initiatives taking place in the broad Athens area in relation to refugees and migrants. The online platform will work towards informing organizations operating in Athens and their professional staff on services and activities and thus facilitate their cooperation. In addition, the Platform enables the organizations to connect with individuals, businesses and other actors who want to support them.
The ACCMR Hub
ACCMR functions as a meeting point and a co-working space with 11 computers available to interested groups.