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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 enables the project to have direct and context-sensitive access to the target group and to newly arrived refugees. Since the end of 2021, the project "Protection Greece" has been building on these successes.

The psychosocial support (PSS) takes the form of an art therapy offer that supports the process of trauma management and stress reduction and contributes to the psychological stabilization of the participants. The target group is reached directly in community centers and at two locations near refugee shelters in Serres and Thessaloniki, as well as through a mobile "PSS tent" to bring the help directly to the target group.

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. Support is given to local partners who offer courses for integration into the labor market and legal advice for UAMs. The project also provides training and resource building using PSS methods for service providers working with unaccompanied minors.



  • 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

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