This project supports Hellenic Red Cross Society to cover the immediate needs of the 10,000 migrants arriving in the Greece islands and are met in addition to providing complementary services inside and outside the registration/reception premises through the provision of basic food and non-food items, search and rescue services, medical and psychosocial support as well as a Restoring Family Links (RFL) service. In 2015, Greece continued to experience a huge increase of migrant arrivals in its territory primarily on its sea borders with Turkey. Authorities are reporting at least a three-fold increase in arrivals in Greece this year compared to the same period in 2014, which means that since 1 January 2015 more than 36,000 migrants have been registered by Greek authorities in the territory of Greece. As the Greek-Turkish land border has become more difficult to access for migrants, the frontline for the increase in migration has been primarily on the sea borders between the two countries in 2015. This involves the North Aegean and Dodecanese Islands. Focus will be on the islands of Chios, Lesvos, Samos, Rhodes, Kos and Crete.
The project focus on search and rescue operations, first aid and medical assistance, food distribution, basic shelter needs, psychosocial support (PSS) and awareness raising and promotion materials.
Both migrants/asylum seekers inside and outside the registration/reception premises will be targeted during this operation. Within the framework of this operation, the target groups will be prioritized to receive assistance. Target groups are people rescued from the sea in need of urgent assistance and medical care, women and children, people in need of basic survival essentials (food, water, hygiene) and people in need of psychosocial support (PSS).