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Science 4 Refugees in Aegean Archipelago - SCIREA EU HORIZON

Goal: BACKGROUND/CONTEXT

The refugee’s fluxes in the Mediterranean area that passed through Greece have shown high numbers particularly since 2015. The number of refugees and asylum seekers is estimated to be 58,000 (2018 data). Recent survey about the qualifications of the refugees incomers in Lesvos island showed that almost 7%% of the refugees have a university degree and 1% of them a Master’s or even a PhD degree (SCIREA project findings). SCIREA project (http://scirea.aegean.gr/index.php), with the University of the Aegean to act as main coordinator, focuses on highly skilled refugees, to re-integrate them in research and education.

TARGET GROUP
Asylum seekers and Refugees scientists in Aegean Archipelagos


LOCATION
Lesvos island, Mytilene


DURATION
03/2018-03/2020


OBJECTIVES

The objective of the project is to help asylum seekers and refugee scientists living in Greece to re-integrate in the academia and in the labour market of Europe and to improve their qualifications. In particular, the attention is addressed specifically to the highly skilled refugees (Tertiary education, ISCED 2011 levels 5-8).

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This study explores the educational level of migrants arriving in Europe since 2015 and makes suggestions to improve their integration into the labor market. The research methodology is based on qualitative (ethnographic research) and quantitative analysis using questionnaires distributed in four languages to the refugee scientists living in Moria camp, Lesvos, Greece. Only 53% of migrants hold their certificates and half of them speak two languages. The priority topics for further education are Humanities, Science, Economics and Computer Sciences. Key aspects were considered to help the refugee's social integration such as information exchange, intercultural education and to stop gender inequalities.
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Nowadays there is a higher need of strict and broader legislation in waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling industry to reduce environmental effects of WEEE. Environmental challenges include pollution, exhaustion of natural resources, waste management and reduction of landfills. High speed in technological development in many sectors puts many products in great challenge of obsoleting almost immediately after their purchase. In particular, this is the fate for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). They are forever-improving and incorporate state of the art innovations. This provide many benefits; however, at the same time, its expansion results in rapidly growing waste stream of WEEE. WEEE contains a combination of all these situations, including for example, batteries, plastics of quality, precious metals and toxic soldering metals. The reuse and renovation of WEEE are therefore very critical because of its significant ecological environmental impacts. Sustainable development is not a static situation, but a state of dynamic balance between human and environmental system. The current chapter explores sustainability planning and strategies such as eco-design, and design for dismantling and recycling, and what they mean for electronic products. It examines the incentives, methods and tools for sustainable electronic product design, with particular emphasis on reuse, recycling, selection of sustainable materials and processes, and lack of resources
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Significant presentations and constructive discussions helped towards defining the current situation, weaknesses, threats and potential of the intercultural education of "people on the move".
Recommendations for the effective education and integration of refugees were suggested.
 
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Formal and informal educators gave their own contribution to the SCIREA conference, defining the potential, weaknesses, threats and options of the intercultural education "people on the move".
 
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Title of the presentation:
Market opportunities (Benefits) of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling industry (a case study of Aegean Recycling S.A. in Moria, Greece Greece)
MESPOM Conference in Environmental Science, Policy & Management
May 31 – June 02, 2019
Department of Environment, University of the Aegean Mytilene, Lesvos island, GREECE
 
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I would like to inform you that the internship of Shiza Aslam , postgraduate student at the MESPOM programm,
entitled "Anthropogenic litter in freshwater bodies and their estuaries in Lesvos, Greece" is completed.
Some MESPOM students helped volunterily in the field work and we would like to thank you for their valuable contribution.
The objective of the internship was to investigate the anthropogenic litter pollution in streams affected strongly by migrants population temporary settlers.
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"Anthropogenic litter (AL) is a growing problem all over the world and a significantly raising concern for waterbodies. Lesvos being a small island of the Greece has a dense network of streams, numerous ponds and sand or gravel beaches. Moreover, Lesvos is found in the Eastern migration Meditteranean route and serves as the base for migrants being in transition. All these aspects together have been observed to cause significant pollution of the waterbodies in the proximity of the camps.
This internship contributed in analyzing status quo of freshwater bodies and associated estuaries in Lesvos by quantifying the density of anthropogenic litter across two streams (mainly focusing near the area of Moria camp and Moria village) consisting of total 5 sampled sites. The study of the anthropogenic litter abundance and relative trend for the sites provides a broader perspective of the anthropogenic litter in Lesvos and gives recommendations to the administration and the stakeholders in better managing, maintaining and protecting the waterbodies."
Shiza created a video to infrom the local community about this important problem of litter tha can be seen at the site of SCIREA EU HORIZON project.
It can be found under the title webinar number 4 and you can watch it via you tube
 
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Ο κύριος στόχος του Ευρωπαϊκού προγράμματος SCIREA (Science for refugees in Aegean Archipelago) είναι να εξετάσει τις εκπαιδευτικές ανάγκες των προσφύγων επιστημόνων που ζουν στα ελληνικά νησιά, προκειμένου να παράσχει εργαλεία και διδακτικά προγράμματα με στόχο την δημιουργία ευκαιριών για πρακτική εξάσκηση, κατάρτιση ή απασχόληση. Στο πλαίσιο αυτού του γενικού στόχου, η φάση της έρευνας είναι ζωτικής σημασίας για την παροχή δεδομένων σχετικά με τις ανάγκες και τις ιδιαιτερότητες των στόχων. Η ομάδα-στόχος περιλαμβάνει αιτούντες άσυλο και πρόσφυγες στα τέσσερα νησιά όπου εδρεύει το Πανεπιστήμιο: Λέσβος (Μυτιλήνη), Χίος, Σάμος, Ρόδος. Tο σημαντικότερο μέρος της έρευνας διεξήχθη στο Κέντρο Ταυτοποίησης της Μόριας και στο Κέντρο Φιλοξενίας Προσφύγων του Καρατεπέ (Λέσβος), σε συνεργασία με τις τοπικές αρχές, σύμφωνα με διαδικασίες που ακολουθούν την αρχή προστασίας των προσωπικών δεδομένων και διαδικασίες σχετικά με την πρόσβαση σε χώρους υποδοχής προσφύγων.
Λαμβάνοντας υπόψη το εύρος του θέματος, η μεθοδολογία της έρευνας αποτελείται από διαφορετικά πακέτα εργασίας, τα οποία περιγράφονται ως εξής: α) ανάλυση σε ευρωπαϊκό επίπεδο, β) ανάλυση stakeholders, γ) Digital Think Tank, δ) εθνογραφική έρευνα.
Αποτελέσματα που προέκυψαν από την εθνογραφική έρευνα: Από τους πρόσφυγες με πανεπιστημιακή μόρφωση το 27% προέρχονται από το Αφγανιστάν, το 23% από το Καμερούν και μόνο το 11% από τη Συρία. Μικρότερα ποσοστά προέρχονται από άλλες χώρες της Μέσης Ανατολής και της Αφρικής. Η πλειοψηφία των προσφύγων πανεπιστημιακής μόρφωσης είναι κάτω των 30 ετών και επιθυμούν να συνεχίσουν τις σπουδές τους ως επί το πλείστων στα Αγγλικά (53%) και λιγότερο στα Γαλλικά (15%) ή στα Αραβικά (5%). Το αντικείμενο τους σπουδών τους ποικίλει από θετικές επιστήμες και πληροφορική μέχρι ιατρικές και ανθρωπιστικές επιστήμες.
Συμπερασματικά, ανάμεσα στους πρόσφυγες υπάρχει ένα σημαντικό ποσοστό μορφωμένων ανθρώπων που θα μπορούσαν να ενταχθούν στο Ελληνικό σύστημα της Τριτοβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης και κάποιοι από αυτούς να γίνουν μέλη της Ελληνικής ακαδημαϊκής κοινότητας.
Λέξεις – κλειδιά: Εκπαίδευση, πρόσφυγες, σεμινάρια, εθνογραφική έρευνα
Η έρευνα αυτή χρηματοδοτήθηκε από το project SCIREA Horizon
 
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Presentation of SCIREA scholar at MESPOM conference in Environmental Science, Policy & Management Mytilene, Lesvos island, Greece, June 01, 2019
His presentation has the title: Market opportunities (Benefits) of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling industry: a case study of Aegean Recycling S.A. in Moria, Greece . Authors: Haidari, A., Tzoraki, O., Lasithiotakis, M., Sinioros, P.
The MESPOM Conference in Environmental Science, Policy and Management 2019, is held at the University of the Aegean premises on the island of Lesvos, on June 01, 2019. The Conference is open to the public.
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Professor Tzoraki of the University of the Aegean presented the first outcomes of the SCIREA project (Science for Refugee scientists in the Aegean archipelago), which mainly aims at helping refugees living in the Greek islands, and particularly highly skilled refugee scientists (such as PhD holders, academics and researchers), to reintegrate in the academic world and labour market of Europe. The programme’s website is http://scirea.aegean.gr.
After giving a brief overview of statistics of asylum-seekers’ arrivals at the Aegean islands and a nationality breakdown, the Professor presented data according to which 7% of asylum-seekers who have come to Greece have a University degree and 1% a Master’s or a PhD.
The SCIREA project, which is being implemented by the University of the Aegean in collaboration with the Fondazione Leone Moressa, will have three main pillars; research on the refugees’ educational needs, tailor-made skills seminars and fellowships (scholarships).
The first findings regarding the education of the project’s applicants indicate that most of them have studied Computer Sciences, Humanities/Social Sciences, Medicine, Economics/Business/Accounting or Law, while 53% have certificates of their studies. Almost 50% speak two languages, French and Arabic being the most common. 17 applicants were from 25 to 30 years old, 14 from 35 to 39 and 9 from 18 to 24.
The topics selected for the tailor-made seminars are Sustainable Agriculture and Software.
The main challenges identified so far have to do with transportation to the university, meals and student leakage (absences).
Initially, five fellowships are offered. They have been advertised locally and at European level. The majority of applicants had a Master’s degree – only one applicant was actually an academic, a lecturer. There were no professors on Lesvos, as the majority of higher education refugees has moved to Germany or other European countries, although they still have not managed to link with a university.
Some of the challenges the applicants for fellowships faced were getting a bank account, a Tax Identification Number (AFM) and other necessary documentation.
The University of the Aegean has partnered with the Praxis network to promote the project in Moria and with groups at One Happy Family, from where forty participants were identified.
Webinars and a companion e-book entitled “Work and Study Abroad” are available to the participants.
In order to disseminate the findings of SCIREA, the University has networked with EU Horizon projects such as BRiDGE II, RESPOND EU, Erasmus+, UNEP MAP, One Happy Family, Mosaik and the IACF.
The next steps are to standardize the seminars, disseminate the results and do policy recommendations to the authorities, such as the Ministry of Education, especially with regard to the integration of refugee scientists to the academic community.
 
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Seminar on Cultural and Social Integration;
Date: 29/3/2019, Time: 9:00-17:00
Venue: University of the Aegean
Participants: Refugees and Asylum seekers
Keynote Speakers: social workers from the Hellenic Red Cross, NGOs, Euraxess center and academics (EURAXESS office, researchers, professors).
 
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Rania Tzoraki (Coordinator of SCIREA project) just published the article article 'A Descriptive Study of the Schooling and Higher Education Reforms in Response to the Refugees’ Influx into Greece' in the Journal of Social Sciences.
Abstract:
Since 2015, a large number of migrants (refugees and asylum seekers) from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa have arrived in Greece and continued their onward journey to western European countries where they settled. As various European Union (EU) countries have later blocked the flow of migrants from Greece to their final destination, thousands of them have been trapped in Greece, confined in overcrowded, temporary camps (known as “hot spots”) and awaiting the processing of their asylum application. The current article examines the response of the Greek educational institutes (primary, secondary and tertiary levels) to the recent migrant influx, with ultimate goals to integrate, educate, and assist them. The number of refugees and asylum seekers living in Greece is estimated to be 58,000 (2018 data) with 22,500 children among them. Their schooling inclusion follows the plan 111, “Refugee Education Host Structures (REHSs)”, as initiated by the Greek Ministry of Education in 2017. Students’ leakage range is still high (10–40% at elementary school and 45–56% at high School). The disruption in their life results in the lack of regular attendance. Greek universities responded to the challenge of the refugee influx, especially the University of the Aegean (UAeg), which is located on the eastern Mediterranean migration route. The UAeg’s response plan focuses on four areas: (a) to provide education to refugees; (b) to conduct research on the refugee phenomenon and migration processes; (c) to increase local citizens’ awareness and improve social inclusion toward the migrants; and (d) to develop technologies to improve daily life in the refugee camps. These actions are significant toward the social inclusion and cohesion of refugees and the further improvement of their daily life.
Keywords: refugees; asylum seekers; schools; universities; Lesvos
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Since 2015, a large number of migrants (refugees and asylum seekers) from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa have arrived in Greece and continued their onward journey to western European countries where they settled. As various European Union (EU) countries have later blocked the flow of migrants from Greece to their final destination, thousands of them have been trapped in Greece, confined in overcrowded, temporary camps (known as “hot spots”) and awaiting the processing of their asylum application. The current article examines the response of the Greek educational institutes (primary, secondary and tertiary levels) to the recent migrant influx, with ultimate goals to integrate, educate, and assist them. The number of refugees and asylum seekers living in Greece is estimated to be 58,000 (2018 data) with 22,500 children among them. Their schooling inclusion follows the plan 111, “Refugee Education Host Structures (REHSs)”, as initiated by the Greek Ministry of Education in 2017. Students’ leakage range is still high (10–40% at elementary school and 45–56% at high School). The disruption in their life results in the lack of regular attendance. Greek universities responded to the challenge of the refugee influx, especially the University of the Aegean (UAeg), which is located on the eastern Mediterranean migration route. The UAeg’s response plan focuses on four areas: (a) to provide education to refugees; (b) to conduct research on the refugee phenomenon and migration processes; (c) to increase local citizens’ awareness and improve social inclusion toward the migrants; and (d) to develop technologies to improve daily life in the refugee camps. These actions are significant toward the social inclusion and cohesion of refugees and the further improvement of their daily life.
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Today, 27th of February, a number of Educated refugees and two volunteers from one happy family in Lesvos Met with Professor Ourania Tzoraki and professor Vasilis Gavalas. Refugees met with these two professors in Aegean University for getting a better view of how to draw their educational and professional future; and the two volunteers (Tillman and Melanie) said they are happy to visit university of Aegean and they wished it could be an emotional support for those educated refugees as well. Aegean university professors (Ourania Tzoraki and Vasilis Gavalas) said they are happy to see these refugees and they explained about different projects; such as BRIDGEII and SCIREA. Educated Refugees said that they hope by enhancing the knowledge and skills that they already have with help of academics in Aegean university they can start a new life without fear. After starting the project SCIREA many refugees would like to use the opportunities to continue their studies or finding jobs.
 
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The European program SCIREA-The Science4Refugees in Aegean Archipelago invites at Match making event about employments programs in Greece and EU
on Friday 14th of December at
Moria Camp 09:00 & One Happy Family 13:00
Match making objectives:
•Registration of refugees’ skills and abilities to engage in business or in funded projects related to technology, research or innovative entrepreneurship •Presentation of employments programs in Greece and EU •Informing businesses about refugees’ skills and connect with them •Report for participants work and monitoring them
The event is organized by the University of the Aegean and instructor is the PRAXIS network.
 
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Dissemination of the SCIREA project outcomes in the conference “Migration flows and integration policies: data evidence and best practices in the EU”, in Athens, 2018-11-23, in Electra Metropolis Hotel, 15 Mitropoleos Str, Athens, organized by ESPON INTERACT . Active contribution to the panel discussion related to "Possible types of activities and projects to tackle migration challenges" .
 
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A new seminar was carried out entitled "communication via INTERNET".
Instructor, Maryam Sheystefar, PhD
Location, Marine Science Department, University of the Aegean
Date, 26-09-2018
 
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Dissemination of the SCIREA outcomes in the final conference of the inHERE project- 19 September 2018, Hotel Bloom, Brussels
 
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The University of the Aegean, in the framework of the project SCIREA-"Science4Refugees in Aegean Archipelago,["H2020-SwafS-2017-1]  announces 5 open fellowships positions (5 fellowships of 6 months duration each) for refugee’s scientists, which can conduct research in its premises.The refugee’s scientists must have a PhD or at least a master degree in informatic, mathematic, environment, marine science, engineering or any related degree in earth sciences. The work location is at the University of the Aegean premises in Mytilene, Lesvos island (Greece) and the duration of each position is six months
The hosting period will give the refugees the experience of a European research and training institute. Getting contacts with the academic and research community they strengthen in that way potential future collaboration.
After the selection the refugees will spend 6 months in a university laboratory in Mytilene (Lesbos) working in a research subject such as statistics, modelling etc. Each fellow will be assigned a supervisor, which will guide and assist the fellow during its hosting period (research plan, advising on regulations, services and facilities, training needs).
 
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On 12/09/2018 Seminar was conducted at the premises of University of the Aegean for refugees.
Tutor: M. Sheystefar
Topic: "Safe, Easy and for Free create your e-mail account"
 
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BACKGROUND/CONTEXT
The refugee’s fluxes in the Mediterranean area that passed through Greece have shown high numbers particularly since 2015. The number of refugees and asylum seekers is estimated to be 58,000 (2018 data). Recent survey about the qualifications of the refugees incomers in Lesvos island showed that almost 7%% of the refugees have a university degree and 1% of them a Master’s or even a PhD degree (SCIREA project findings). SCIREA project (http://scirea.aegean.gr/index.php), with the University of the Aegean to act as main coordinator, focuses on highly skilled refugees, to re-integrate them in research and education.
TARGET GROUP
Asylum seekers and Refugees scientists in Aegean Archipelagos
LOCATION
Lesvos island, Mytilene
DURATION
03/2018-03/2020
OBJECTIVES
The objective of the project is to help asylum seekers and refugee scientists living in Greece to re-integrate in the academia and in the labour market of Europe and to improve their qualifications. In particular, the attention is addressed specifically to the highly skilled refugees (Tertiary education, ISCED 2011 levels 5-8).