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Protection and mental health care for vulnerable refugees in Greece

Since 2018 IsraAID Germany e. V., in close cooperation with the Central Welfare Board of Jews in Germany (ZWST), supports refugees in Greece in dealing with trauma and psychological stabilization, with a focus on particularly vulnerable groups.

In recent years, "Navigation Greece" has successfully trained committed former project participants with a refugee background to become intercultural mediators and community managers. This enabled the project to have direct and context-sensitive access to the target group and to newly arrived refugees. 

The psychosocial support (PSS) took the form of an art therapy offer that supported the process of trauma management and stress reduction and contributed to the psychological stabilization of the participants. The target group was reached at two locations near refugee shelters in Serres and Thessaloniki, in order to bring the help directly to the target group. In addition, modular psychosocial support in the form of a mobile "PSS tent" was set up to meet the increased demand for space with more therapy places.

Within the framework of the evacuation of unaccompanied minors (UAMs) from the Greek islands to the mainland, this project has been offering targeted support for unaccompanied minor refugees since 2020. This involved training and resource building using PSS methods for service providers working with unaccompanied minors.

The project was funded by Aktion Deutschland Hilft (ADH) and was carried out during the period January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2021.



  • Coping with trauma and reducing psychological distress, with a focus on vulnerable groups

  • Supporting local partners working with refugees in long-term psychosocial care

  • Training and capacity building for service providers working with refugees and unaccompanied minors

  • Empowerment and professionalization of refugees who are involved in the projects of IsraAID Deutschland e. V. as intercultural mediators

  • Constructing a mobile "PSS tent" with local communities of refugees to create more space for the existing need for professional work

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