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Refugees Initiative

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TITLE OF THE INITIATIVE

Refugee and Humanitarian Initiatives

INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

University of Nicosia

COUNTRY

Cyprus

CITY

Nicosia

ADDRESS

46 Makedonitissas Avenue, CY-2417
P.O. Box 24005, CY-1700
Nicosia, Cyprus

TYPOLOGY

- Health services
- Tutoring and peer support for refugee students
- University policies on access to higher education

TARGET GROUPS

- Newly arrived refugees
- Refugees of second generation
- Students
- University staff (academic and administrative)

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

Introduction
The ongoing European migrant crisis has multiple dimensions. It is, first and foremost, a humanitarian crisis for the refugees and migrants involved, but it also has shown areas for improvement in European infrastructure and services.

Initiatives in this area focus on both dimensions, supporting individual refugees and migrants, while also working with public bodies to improve support services.
Activities
As part of its core CSR initiatives, UNIC has awarded a series of scholarships to refugees and immigrants, which Mr Damtew Dessalegne, Representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cyprus, characterised as being “of immense value for the particular individuals, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue higher education”, during his recent visit to our University.
In addition, the Medical School’s Mobile Clinic travels around the country twice a month, offering free diagnostic tests and examinations to people in need such as residents in remote areas, senior citizens, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as the general public at charitable events. Furthermore, medical students raise awareness among teenagers on specific health issues (effects of smoking, sex education and eating disorders) through presentations.

UNIC is the coordinating institution of the “Migrant Information Centres”, a project aiming to design and establish four Migrant Information Centres in Cyprus. These will provide supportive services and information to migrants, in facilitating their active integration in the local society.

Further, under the scope of Erasmus+, UNIC is participating in the “Digital Tools for Inclusion of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants” project, which focuses on the current refugee crisis in Europe, in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy. The project aims to provide refugees, asylum seekers and migrants with digital tools for education and training of new arrivals, so as to improve their basic skills and key competences for be er inclusion to the EU society on the basis of transnational cooperation.


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