We represent our clients in all stages of the asylum procedure and national courts.
We empower our clients to navigate the asylum procedure and to express their story during their interview.
We engage in advocacy efforts to raise awareness about the situation on the ground and to ensure the protection of human rights.
We create a participatory and tailored action plan to support each client’s wellbeing and gather evidence to support their asylum claim.
We reunite our clients with their family members in other European Union countries.
We provide psychological first aid, individual and group counselling and psychoeducation.
We combine the holistic support for individual cases with impact litigation whereby one case represents and impacts many others.
We work directly in the Mavrovouni camp and other accommodations, identifying the most vulnerable cases, assessing them, and building a comprehensive and participatory plan of action for and with our clients. Our clients are among the most vulnerable in on the island. Specifically, we place an emphasis on supporting:
"I felt safe and calm with Fenix because they made everything that was confusing, easy and simple to understand."
clients surveyed expressed an increased sense of knowledge, well-being and empowerment after receiving support from our staff.
NGOs surveyed declared that our capacity building sessions allowed them to better understand the context in which they work.
As conflicts proliferate and become protracted, people continue to flee in search of safety and a better life. Since 2015, asylum seekers arriving at the borders of Europe continuously encounter a harsh reality: a Europe that entraps them in camps where they are made to live in inhumane conditions, and where their basic rights are not respected.
In 2020, attacks on refugees by reported fascist groups, year-long Covid-19 entrapment policies and the fire that burnt down Moria camp rendered an already critical situation utterly desperate. After the Moria fires, the temporary Mavrovouni camp was hastily built to shelter those displaced by the fires. Despite the construction efforts carried out in the camp in the last 12 months, residents continue to live in dire conditions. Future government plans consist of controlled closed centers, far away from the cities, which will further isolate and stigmatize the refugee communities.
While the living conditions of the camps of the Greek islands are widely known and covered by the press, the severe violations of the right to asylum is less known. The gaps in the asylum procedure seem to mirror those of the horrifying reception conditions in the camps.
In Lesvos, asylum seekers are rushed into asylum interviews with limited or no access to information or legal support. Short interviews are the defining factor that will determine people’s futures. In this context, only 3 in 100 people have access to a lawyer before the interview1. The difference between having a lawyer or not can -literally- be life saving; it can mark the difference between being granted protection or being deported to the country they fled from.