School of Political Studies

The School of Political Studies in Greece was established by Symβiosis and the Council of Europe in 2014 and it is a member of the Network of Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies. The purpose of the School is to foster the exchange of ideas and know-how and to stimulate co-operation and dialogue among civil society, policy makers, experts and media.


Jean Monnet SymbEU

The Jean Monnet Project “Discourses on Symbiosis, Social Inclusion, Integration and Solidarity in the European Union” provides space for researchers, policy makers and civil society actors in the context of the developments taking place at European and national level in the field of integration of third country nationals. Moreover, it offers the opportunity for the identification of new questions that touch upon core issues which affect the citizens’ way of life in a changing society, including marginalised groups, in Greece.







Ongoing Projects

ASAP: Accessing services, Sharing Approaches and Practices
From 2014, the rapid increase in arrivals of migrants and refugees brought to light previously existing deficits and accentuated the structural limitations of local public capacities to provide a migrant-inclusive access to basic services. The pandemic exposed the vulnerability of migrants with limited access to social protection and highlighted barriers in access to public health [...]
‘Hygieia’ Project
During the year 2020, the livelihood situation of refugees and asylum seekers in Greece has steadily deteriorated and some of the people are living in inhumane conditions. This is particularly true on the islands, yet also on the Greek mainland the supply of the people living in camps is difficult. The winter months are always [...]
EPIC – European Platform of Integrating Cities
EPIC (European Platform of Integrating Cities) is a 3-year project funded by the EU’s Asylum Migration and Integration programme (AMIF-2018-AG-INTE number 863703). It aims to address the challenges of the integration of migrants by targeting medium-sized cities that need to strengthen their services in areas such as housing, labour integration or integration policy, and at [...]
FOcus on MEN (FOMEN) – Gender Based Violence Prevention Work with Male Refugees and Migrants
The displacement and breakdown of social structures that are results of flight from war and conflict challenge traditional gender relations, social norms and ties, making refugees vulnerable to further violence and discrimination. Studies show that displaced women and girls have faced multiple forms of violence as a result of conflict, persecution and displacement. Additionally, men [...]


Who We Are

Drawing upon collaborations in education, rights and non-discrimination since 2003 in the Balkans and Greece, Symβiosis was founded in May 2011 in Thessaloniki. Grounded on the need for global civics, citizenship, social inclusion and political participation, we work towards democratic participation in political processes free of discrimination and exclusion, and on developing civic awareness on institutional practices regarding rights. Based on the premise that practicing human rights protection equals to democratic rule of law, Symβiosis focuses on information and education, freedom of expression, documentation and analysis, public debate and active civic participation, so that people and communities voice their needs and ideas. Symβiosis advocates for the political, social and economic participation of migrants and marginalised communities.




Short Film

Presenting Borderline Offensive: a Workshop on Art, Humour and Activism

by Symbiosis-School of Political Studies in Greece,

on September 14, 2020, at the French Institute of Thessaloniki

Art has No Borders! Art has No Colours!
co-organised by Symbiosis and Collectif Mazi

Discussing art and change, exploring through short videos how art and humour work for equality, against urban segregation, about the movement black lives matter and making plans for future local art projects.

Borderline Offensive: laughing in the face of fear (Creative Europe Programme) is a platform for artistic research and art-based societal development. European and Middle Eastern artists explore issues of migration, sociological contact zones, intercultural conflict and dialogue, collective identity-building, and community cohesion in contemporary Europe through new artistic creations.

Humour (aesthetic approach) and participatory arts (methods) are employed to guide interaction, dialogue, and cooperation between the migrant and host communities, inviting its members to share knowledge, respect and laugh together, at the same things and at themselves.

Collectif MAZI is a grassroots team of artists created in 2018 in Thessaloniki. It is comprised of approx. 30 artists, some of which are refugees others are migrants, while others are local, that share a common passion for arts and creation – the motivation force behind Collectif MAZI; together with the determination of Richard Lusakumunu, who inspired and drives this initiative.