The Greek Forum of Refugees (GFR) is a registered non-profit making Association established in Athens, Greece, in 2012. Its overall aim is to support the unity of the refugee communities based in Greece and at the European level and to foster refugees’ inclusion within their host society by encouraging their active participation and need to be recognised as skilled and knowledgeable individuals.
The GFR main objectives revolve around the followings:
To achieve the aforementioned objectives, the GFR runs different kinds of activities, as described below:
The main strengths of the GFR concern its field knowledge and involvement of the refugee communities established in Athens. Indeed, having been created before the ‘refugee crisis’ that has affected Greece and the European continent, it was a key player in the immediate needs to be addressed and the solutions to provide to the thousands of refugees left in a dire situation. Currently, considering that thousands of these people are likely to stay in Greece, the need for long-term measures supporting their economic, social and political inclusion remains a necessary step that the GFR has been willing to undertake. Therefore, most of its projects and activities aim to foster refugees’ integration through the use of various tools (culture, sport, mediation in the field of mental healthcare and refugee women empowerment among others).
In addition, another strength to be mentioned revolves around the active participation of refugee communities and individuals in the various activities. Since its beginning, the priority of the GFR has been to support and call for a greater involvement of refugees in every matter that directly affects this category of population. To this regard, empowering the 10 refugee communities (representing Afghanistan, Burundi, Cameroon, China, DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Syria) members of the GFR is a key point of the organisation’s vision. In Greece but also abroad (through the implementation of the RISE project that aims at creating a sustainable network of refugees in Europe), the focus has been put on increasing refugees’ outreach and providing them with the necessary means to be more active and visible in the public sphere. This dimension aims to foster their participation in the society, thereby contributing to increase social cohesion at community level.
The principal sources of income of the GFR are private and international organisations bringing their financial contributions to support the various funded projects the GFR has been running since its establishment. the different funded projects carried out by GFR, as a lead applicant or in collaboration with other entities.
In 2016, the total revenues were of 669.494,83 Euros while in 2017, the GFR incomes were of 554.338,54 Euros.
The main funders during the years 2016 & 2017 were:
UNHCR: 950.211,93 EUR
Open Society Foundations (OSF): 154.423,44 EUR
MitOst e.V.: 56.804,7 EUR
European Union: 15.871,58 EUR
EEA grants: 9.906,87 EUR
During the implementation of its different projects, the GFR has been collaborating with various CSOs based in Greece (such as the Greek Forum of Migrants, the Greek Council for Refugees, Praksis) and abroad (ECRE, APIS Institute, Africa e Mediterraneo, CESIE).