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17 August 2022

Must do better: Grading the Greek government’s efforts on education for refugee children

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In recent years, in particular following the so-called "refugee crisis" of 2015-16, Greece has been challenged by gaps in the integration process of asylum seekers and refugees. These gaps are especially prominent when it comes to children's education: obligations for the enrolment of refugee children in schools, for example, continue to be unmet. This new report - produced by the Greek Council for Refugees, Terre des hommes Hellas, and Save the Children - shares relevant statistics and information.

The report looks at recent improvements in education in comparison with the 2020 - 2021 academic year. It also notes that governmental policies have led to serious deterioration in the living conditions of refugee and asylum seeker families, which in turn affects children's access to school. Such policies include restricting access to asylum, terminating social support for asylum seekers and discontinuing provision of food support to recognised refugees in conjunction with rejected asylum seekers and those not yet registered with the national reception and identification system.

The report also sets out the legal framework defining Greece's obligations towards the fulfilment of the right of access to education. It analyses six key indicators for children's access to education which have been identified as key barriers: a) enrolment; b) attendance; c) access to inclusive education; d) transportation to schools; e) adequate staffing and timely scheduling; and f) efforts to end intolerance and xenophobia in local communities. For each indicator, commitments, data for the 2021-2022 school year, the country's indicator score and the resulting recommendations to the Greek Government are listed.

The report concludes with the following recommendations from the children themselves:

  • ensure a more welcoming environment from both other students and teachers
  • introduce more interactive lessons and improve cooperation between classmates
  • create a positive and inclusive school atmosphere
  • offer additional support to students in all subjects, beyond those related only to Greek language learning

These recommendations are the product of 13 focus groups in which 53 refugee and asylum seeker children, aged 3 to 18, took part.

MUST DO BETTER: Grading the Greek government’s efforts on education for refugee children
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Authors
Greek Council for Refugees, Terre des Hommes Hellas & Save the Children
Geographic area
Greece
Contributor type
Non-Governmental Organisations/Civil Society
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Antigone
Country Coordinator

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