In the summer of 2016, close to 60,000 people were still stuck in Greece, waiting to be able to continue their journey into Northern Europe. Libraries Without Borders is bringing the Ideas Box closer to migrants, in partnership with international NGOs and local non-profits.
Greece is going through a dual economic and refugee crisis. The two crises aggravate each other and create an extremely complex situation from a political and social perspective. In October 2015, more than 206,000 people passed through Greece. The vast majority of refugees who arrived in Greece continued their journey to northern European countries. Although the closing of the Greek border with Macedonia in early 2016 adds an extra complicating factor to the already fragile situation, important issues related to the future integration of these populations will emerge in the coming months throughout Europe, and especially in Greece, a country where reception conditions have deteriorated since the 1980s.
Through the implementation of the Ideas Box, Libraries Without Borders and its partners are helping provide migrants with access to a toolbox where they can deal with trauma, access quality information in their native language, and find a space where they can rest and socialize.
More about our actions in Greece
An Ideas Box for isolated minors in the island of Lesbos
Emergency & post-conflict situations
Since March 20th, more than 5,000 refugees are trapped in the Moria camp, now transformed into an open-roof prison. Risking their own lives, the refugees are now seeking to register themselves as asylums and to avoid returning to Turkey. At the present time, the refugees do not have permission to leave the island. Besides the aid provided by religious organizations, the inhabitants of the Moria Camp receive insufficient support. In this camp of Moria, Libraries Sans Frontieres works in the reception center for isolated minors, where more than one hundred children live for a duration of a few weeks to several months.
Provide safe spaces where children, adolescents and the most vulnerable can rest and relax, thus help fight against stress and insecurity in the camp.
Provide an internet connection and communication tools to allow refugees to find, reassure or just contact their loved ones.
Provide access to high-quality information on places of transit and travel, legal and administrative processes (asylum law), actors and services present in the area.
Isolated minors living in the closed reception center inside the Moria camp.
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