2021 field surveys of the Southern Aegean Social Inclusion Observatory

During the period July-October 2021, the Southern Aegean Social Inclusion Observatory carries out field surveys on the islands of the South Aegean Region. The objective of field surveys is to analyze the living conditions of people and households affected by poverty and social exclusion with a view to finding ways to enhance the social inclusion of these people.

In particular, the first two field surveys on the islands of Kos and Naxos were successfully carried out between 5 July and 9 July. These surveys are carried out with the cooperation of the Municipalities and Community Centers. Researchers of Crowdpolicy, which is the contractor of the project of the Region, as well as trained personnel from the University of the Aegean, participate in the project.

The process of field research consists of three parts: the first relates to interviews with social workers in the Community Centers, which are a reference point for people or households in a difficult economic situation. The second part concerns meetings with elected persons responsible for monitoring social protection structures and services. The third part of the survey concerns the meeting-interview with people affected by or on the threshold of poverty.

More specifically, we present to you two photos of the field research in Naxos, after the completion of the surveys and the excellent cooperation we had with the local Municipality and the Community Centre. The photographs depict Mr. Dimitrios Manios, Deputy Mayor and Head of social protection structures in the Municipality of Naxos and Small Cyclades, the employees of the Community Centre together with the two researchers.

The next research trips are being prepared for the current period, considering the health conditions and respecting all protection measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Southern Aegean Social Inclusion Observatory would like to thank all participants for their cooperation and looks forward to the unhindered continuation of the research process, despite the difficult current circumstances we are facing.