A Volunteer’s Experience

One of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of my life so far has been my time volunteering on the Greek island of Chios. In February and March this year I gave my time to welcoming refugees to this tiny island with Action from Switzerland. On Chios, we work closely...

The Meaning of Migration

Editor’s note - the following blog post was written by Momtaz Sanati Hamid, an Iranian political journalist and refugee. Before fleeing to Switzerland, Hamid was arrested in his homeland. He is now part of the Iran National Patriotic TV. He has written this piece exclusively for Action From Switzerland.Migration is...

The Athena Centre for Women: Opening Day reflections

The Athena Centre for Women, the first female-only facility for the refugee population of the islands opened her doors on Chios today.Without needing a formal introduction to centre, the ladies immediately stepped through the door with a sense of safety, comfort and excitement. Removing their hijabs, and settling into what...

The Athena Centre for Women

Latest figures show that 30% of the refugee population on Chios are women, aged 15 years or over. Currently, there are only volunteer-led social projects that exist on Chios and are aimed at mothers with babies, or provide schooling for children. There are currently no facilities specifically catering to the...

Meanwhile in Chios

Last week felt like the majority of Europe’s attention is aimed in the opposite direction to Chios. As Britain voted to leave the EU, and as the Euro 2016 football tournament rumbles on in France, it might seem like that’s all that is going on in Europe… well, think again.Back...