Vulnerable groups in Europe

Vulnerable groups in Europe
Edited by; Ellen Kalisperati –Sociologist

Greek-American Foundation to Support Vulnerable Groups in Greece
Είδηση: ελληνο- αμερικάνικη χρηματοδότηση για την στήριξη ευπαθών ομάδων στην Ελλάδα

By Stella Tsolakidou on February 8, 2012 in New York, News

The Hellenic Relief Inc. was recently incorporated in the State of New York as a non-profit philanthropic entity with a mission of providing support for the Greek population suffering during the present economic crisis. The Foundation is the initiative of Americans of Hellenic descent, who wish to address Greek needs regarding health and nutrition. This February, representatives of the Foundation will be visiting Greece at their personal expense, to deliver packaged food supplies to families. The foods supplied represent the classic Mediterranean diet and will be purchased locally from Greek producers. Packaging and distribution will be performed by volunteers assisting the Foundation in its mission.

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M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece: When is a Group Vulnerable? by Lourdes Peroni
Βέλγιο και Ελλάδα: Πότε μια ομάδα ονομάζεται ευπαθής;

Any attempt to comment exhaustively on the recent landmark ruling of the Grand Chamber in M.S.S. v Belgium and Greece in one page would be bound to fail. It is an extraordinarily rich judgment. In this post, I therefore limit my comments to one single aspect I find particularly intriguing: the concept of group vulnerability. The Court has referred to several groups as “vulnerable” in its case law. One example is the Roma minority who, “as a result of their history” – the Court has held – “has become a specific type of disadvantaged and vulnerable minority” in need of special protection (Oršuš). Another example concerns persons with mental disabilities. They have been regarded by the Court as a “particularly vulnerable group in society, who has suffered considerable discrimination in the past” (Alajos Kiss).

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Recommendation 129 (2003)1 on Employment and vulnerable groups
Μια πρόταση για την εργασία και τις ευπαθείς ομάδες

The Congress,  1. Having examined the report on employment and vulnerable groups: the role of local and regional authorities, where three of the vulnerable groups were examined (people with disabilities, persons (previously unemployed) who have set up in business, immigrants and ethnic minorities) presented by the rapporteur Mrs Luisa Laurelli (Italy) of the Chamber of Local Authorities and Mrs Cigdem Mercan (Turkey) from the Chamber of Regions at the present session;

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Attending special needs
Επιδιώκοντας ειδικές ανάγκες 

Refugees and asylum-seekers as well as stateless people belong to one of the most vulnerable groups of people in the world. Among them, there are special groups that are even more vulnerable with particular problems, risks and needs. Children are at particular risk and require special attention due to their dependence upon adults to survive, their vulnerability to physical and psychological trauma, and the developmental needs that must be met to ensure normal growth and development. Stripped of the protection of their homes, facing the rigours of long journeys and a potential official harassment and sexual abuse, refugee women are also a particularly vulnerable group. They are often excluded from the decision-making relating to their own life, family and home therefore cannot ensure their rights are respected.

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Ομάδες που γίνονται ευάλωτες 

Civil Society Report on the Detention of Vulnerable Asylum Seekers and Irregular Migrants in the European Union (The DEVAS Project) Jesuit

The objective of the DEVAS project was to investigate and analyse vulnerability in detained asylum seekers and irregular migrants: both the way in which pre-existing vulnerable groups cope with detention, and the way in which detention can enable vulnerability in persons who do not otherwise possess officially recognised vulnerabilities and special needs.

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