supported by

PIER Program
Protection, Integration and Education for Refugees
in Greece, Italy and Austria

Over one million refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in the past years. One in four of them were children. This constitutes one of the largest movements of displaced people across European borders since World War Two.

About PIER

ARSIS Greece

ARSIS Greece is a non-governmental organization, specializing in the social support of youth who are in difficulty or danger. Further ARSIS actively advocates their rights. The organization´s main target is the prevention of youth marginalization, the elaboration of policies, which defend youth rights and the active social sup-port towards disadvantaged young people.


Caritas Italiana

CARITAS ITALY was founded in 1971 to promote charity with a commitment to raising public awareness. The umbrella organization encompasses 220 diocesan Caritas associations in Italy, committed to support the most vulnerable people in their daily activities. Together, they focus their activities on different forms of poverty, social exclusion ...


Caritas Österreich

At the start of the 20th century, Caritas Austria began its purpose to help those in need. The organization´s first action was to give food and clothing to alleviate the suffering of the people during and after the First World War. More than a century later, Caritas Austria’s broad scope of programs underscores the enduring commitment to prevent and ease the hardships of the poor.


Inauguration of the new ARSIS Youth Support Center in Thessaloniki

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Since the beginning of June 2017, the Youth Support Center has been transferred to two new, renovated, locations, these being 9 Spartis Street and 40 Ptolemaion Street, thus continuing to be a structure of direct social intervention and support for children and young people.


A “Lerncafé” for the children of the world

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In a joyful event Caritas Carinthia opened the “Lerncafé” Concordia in Klagenfurt that is supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation within the PIER program.


International protection: the PIER program is on the way

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Pope Francis: “I am close in affection and encouragement to all those, who open themselves up wisely to the complex phenomenon of migration by offering appropriate support, ...”