Migrant Integration Centers
The Migrant Integration Centers (M.I.C.) were established by law 4368 (ΦΕΚ 21 Α’, 2016) and function as branches of Community Centers in municipalities. The role of the Directorate of Social Integration is to co-ordinate and monitor the operation of M.I.C.
Inform, provide service and offer specialized services to third-country nationals.
Develop collaborations and networks in order to help beneficiaries connect with social integration services and programs.
- Implement social integration activities that promote social cohesion.
- Third-country nationals who lawfully reside in Greece
- Beneficiaries of international protection (holders of ADET residence permit)
- Applicants of asylum (holders of an Applicant’s Card)
M.I.C. provide information, service and counseling to third-country nationals with regards to social integration and social networking issues.
Collaborate and refer requests to other competent associations, services or bodies (e.g., Associations of Migrants/Beneficiaries of International Protection, Non-Profit Organizations, Social Services, etc.).
- Some of the following activities are implemented in the context of M.I.C.: Lessons in Greek language, history, and culture which are offered to adults who are either migrants or beneficiaries of international protection. Intercultural activities which facilitate the co-existence between third-country children/young people and native children/ young people. Activities that facilitate third-country nationals' access to the job market.
- M.I.C. provide legal information to third country nationals with regards to issues that concern them pertaining to their lawful residence in the country (e.g., residence permits, refugee identification cards, issue of “AMKA” social security number, etc.).
- Offer social and psychological support, especially to vulnerable groups of third-country nationals (e.g., females, children, etc..).
- Support the education of children of third-country nationals. They also provide information on adult language courses offered within municipality areas.
- Raise awareness in local communities with regards to diversity and social issues such as xenophobia, racism, and human trafficking.
- Promote volunteerism.
- Support the participation of third-country nationals in groups, associations, and intercultural organizations.
- Network with other M.I.C., services or bodies that conduct social integration activities.
- M.I.C. identify problems and refer third-country nationals to specialized structures, services, or facilities (guest houses for homeless individuals or female victims of abuse, or human trafficking victims, facilities for individuals with special needs, mental health facilities, nurseries and pre-schools, targeted programs for migrants/refugees, shelters, soup kitchens, social pharmacies, care centers for the elderly “ΚΗΦΗ,” medical centers of municipalities, etc.).
- Refer requests and form collaborations in order to help third-country nationals participate in language-learning courses, trainings, professional programs, as well as certification courses and foreign degree or skills recognition programs. They collaborate with local job markets via counseling and mentoring schemes in order to help third-country nationals find jobs.
Intercultural Mediators who are familiar with the language and ethnic or cultural characteristics of migrant and refugee communities.
Social workers, with expertise in migrants or minorities or socially excluded individuals.
Legal advisors, with expertise in migrant or labor law.
- Psychologists, trained in post-traumatic stress disorders and in catering to the needs of vulnerable individuals (e.g., women, children, special needs individuals, etc.).