Overview of SOAM Program

The “SOAM Program – Supporting Organizations that assist migrant asylum seeking population in Greece” is being implemented by International Organization for Migration (IOM) – Office in Greece with funding from the European Economic Area (EEA) Grants. The three Consortiums meeting the standards to work on the Program are the:

  1. Consortium Médecins du Monde- Greece – Doctors of the World- Greece (Applicant NGO)/Greek Council for Refugees, entitled “Reception Center for vulnerable asylum seekers at the center of Athens with capacity of 70 places” (Athens, center),
  2. Consortium NOSTOS (Applicant NGO)/IASIS/ERGOEREVNITIKI/Society for the Development and Creative Occupation of Children (EADAP), entitled “Hospitality structure for asylum seekers – FUTURE” (Athens, Moschato),
  3. Consortium PRAKSIS (Applicant NGO)/Hellenic Red Cross, entitled “STEGI (House) PLUS (+)” (Athens & Patra).

One of the pillars of this Program is the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Greece and the Donor States (Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway) on November 1st 2011. Regarding asylum and immigration, which are key priorities for the EEA Grants, two projects were predefined to address the urgent needs for the reception and screening of new arrivals and for the accommodation of vulnerable groups, involving two intergovernmental organizations with relevant expertise in Greece, namely the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The second pillar of the SOAM Program is the Agreement signed on December 3rd 2012, between the Financial Mechanism Office of the EEA Grants and IOM Greece, setting out the basic framework of the Program.

Based on this Agreement, IOM Greece will be acting as Fund Operator of the Program being responsible for its development and implementation. IOM Greece, within the framework of specific procedures, will provide support (in the form of grants) to eligible projects assisting migrant asylum seeking population in Greece run by Non-Governmental Organizations (project promoters) established in Greece.