Turning around rejected family reunification cases
*All names have been changed to protect the identity of the people involved.
A cold and life-threatening reality
For someone who is not Greek, snow in the winter is not so rare and images of a snow dusted Thessaloniki sea promenade are something of beauty. But for the homeless asylum seekers living on the streets here, the snow was a dangerous occurrence. Having already been evicted by the police from a construction site area in December, a group of homeless asylum seekers had only a freezing cold car park and summer tents to protect them from the elements. When the temperature dropped to -10 degrees in January, the situation became life-threatening.
Training the next cohort of caseworkers
As of January 2019, MIT has two new caseworkers, Paul from France and Abbas from the UK. Both are talented volunteers with law degrees and experience in the field of asylum law and it is great to have them on board! Despite their experience, getting to grips with the Greek asylum procedure and how we navigate it is complex. When starting, it is very important that new caseworkers receive extensive training on family reunification issues, the asylum process, travel documents, appeals and Greek social security numbers.