PIER projects

Greece

In Greece, the PIER Program is implemented in the Youth Support Centers (YSC) of ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth in Thessaloniki. ARSIS Youth Support Center is a safe space where young refugees, asylum seekers, migrants as well as other vulnerable members of society and their families get access to information, legal and psychosocial counseling and educational support. The YSCs build on ARSIS’ vast experience from more than 20 years in the field.

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Italy

In Italy, refugees and migrants accommodated in Caritas reception centers in nine different dioceses are supported in using the opportunities given by modern technology – like tablets and apps – to enhance their integration process and become more independent and active members of their local communities. In particular, interactive language and citizenship courses are provided for young refugees and migrants.

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Austria

Caritas „Lerncafés“ offer free of charge afternoon care and learning support for children and youth aged six to 15 years. Besides the intensive learning support on three to four afternoons per week and within the summer program, the children receive healthy snacks and can take part in a variety of recreational activities. Additionally, children’s parents receive much needed assistance and guidance. Altogether nine „Lerncafés“- one in each diocese – are supported within PIER.

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