Since the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal, Lesvos has ceased to be a place of registration and transit for refugees bound for northern Europe, and has been repurposed as a limbic space of indefinite waiting for asylum requests to be processed. The number of people trapped on the island has thus increased dramatically and nurtured frustrations as refugees begin to despair, uncertain of their future. Due to Greece's current financial situation that doesn't allow the provision of even bacis services to its migrant population, state facilities have failed to adapt prospect of the refugee's long-term stay on the island, who have no access to pyschological or psychiatric aid or basic legal services.
Mosaik Support Center is a contribuiton to the closure of that gap. The Center provides a framework of exchange and opportunities for education, psychosocial support, and creative activities. Thus, we hope to facilitate integration processes without, however, neglecting individual needs. We offer educational courses such as language lessons that involve classes of mixed migrant nationalities and locals in an effort to both encourage the inclusion of local society and discourage segregation within the refugee population itself. We employ members from both the refugee and Mytilini communities as translators, legal advisors, language teachers, etc. Our upcycling, weaving and jewelry workshops provide refugees with the opportunity to earn a small income and escape the circle of dependency and waiting for a while. In an attempt to create frameworks through which refugees give back to the local community rather than feeling like passive and dependent recipients of others‘ aid, they themselves lead activities such as Arabic lessons and art classes to promote mutual cultural exchange and support. Our services provide the refugee population on the island with the sense of empowerment, self-responsibility, and autonomy that every human being deserves.
The project is carried out by Lesvos Solidarity, a local activist group from Mytilini, and borderline-europe, a German human rights monitoring organization focused on the situation of refugees on the external borders of Europe. We are in contact with the Greek Ministry of Education, Teachers‘ Union of Lesvos, the University of the Aegan, Unima (puppet theater Greek Association), Karpos (cinema education network); Kekeca (body percussion center), Center of Eastern music studies in Lesvos; Save the Children and many other education and art foundations and groups.