On 8-9 February 2018 in Athens, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), together with the municipality of Athens, is co-organising a training session for local authority officials on their interaction with refugees and migrants in terms of emergency assistance, social assistance, housing and integration. Social workers, interpreters and other staff working with almost 4,000 asylum seekers and relocation candidates currently in Athens will be among the participants. The training will include sessions on refugee experiences, cohesion and integration, particular needs of children, with or separated from their families, as well as discussions based on real-life scenarios and exchanges of good practices. The programme was developed by Migration Yorkshire and will be delivered by Ms Dinah Beckett, the Regional Coordinator for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Mr Bill Dennis, the Integration and Partnerships Manager at Migration Yorkshire. Both facilitators have been working with local authorities by providing guidance and training in the context of migrants and refugees.
The training is organised in the context of the follow-up recommendations made in the SRSG’s report on Greece, after his fact-finding mission there in 2016.