ESTIA - A new chapter in the lives of refugees in Greece

UNHCR works with the Greek Government, local authorities and NGOs to provide urban accommodation and cash assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers in Greece through ESTIA, the Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation programme,  funded by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid.

Urban accommodation provides a normal everyday life for refugees and asylum seekers in Greece, facilitates their access to services, including education, and the eventual integration for those who will remain in the country. The host population also benefits from embracing diversity through peaceful coexistence as well as the renting of their apartments.

Cash assistance restores dignity and empowers refugees and asylum-seekers who can now choose how to cover their basic everyday needs. It also contributes directly to the economy of the host community through the purchase of services and goods.

Stories

Learn how ESTIA supports the everyday life of refugees and asylum seekers in Greece

Greek islanders open their hearts and businesses to refugees

September 22nd, 2017
By Vania Turner and Bela Szandelszky The tiny Greek island of Tilos may have a population of under 800. But, over the last year, it has...

Refugees give new life to abandoned buildings

July 26th, 2017
On 5 May 2017, a new facility in Western Greece opened its doors to families fleeing war and persecution. "Agia Eleni" was renovated by UNHCR,...

New facility for refugees in Greece revives abandoned buildings

July 15th, 2017
A former youth hostel has been renovated thanks to European Commission funding, helping to home around 500 refugees. By: Leo Dobbs and Christos Tolis in Agia...

Greek locals welcome refugee families

June 30th, 2017
In Kilkis, a small city in northern Greece, families uprooted by conflict in Syria have found peace and a place to call home. The families...

Statistics

Types of Accommodation

  • Apartments (81.6%)
  • Hotels (4.1%)
  • Buildings (14.1%)
  • Host family programmes (0.2%)

Achievements

Accommodation Places (total): 17716.
Accommodation Actual Capacity*: 15979.
Hosted Population: 14457.
Accommodation Beneficiaries (since November 2015): 36435.
Cash Assistance Beneficiaries : 32416.

Accommodation Locations

  • Islands (6.7%)
  • Attica region (61.2%)
  • Central Greece (3.6%)
  • Northern Greece (22%)
  • Western Greece (4.8%)
  • Crete (1.7%)

As of 18 October 2017


*Actual  capacity is calculated as the sum of hosted population in occupied units and the number of places corresponding to empty units. The rule applies only for apartments.


Factsheets

Weekly updates on the progress of accommodation under ESTIA

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 17 October 2017

October 18th, 2017
As of 17 October 2017, the total number of places created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and operational partners, in the framework of the...

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 10 October 2017

October 10th, 2017
As of 10 October 2017, the total number of places created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and operational partners, in the framework of the...

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 3 October 2017

October 4th, 2017
As of 3 October 2017, the total number of places created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and operational partners, in the framework of the...

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 26 September 2017

September 27th, 2017
As of 26 September 2017, the total number of places created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and operational partners, in the framework of the...

Multimedia

Greece: For refugees, an island of hope

On the tiny Greek island of Tilos, population 700, 10 families from war-torn Syria have found refuge and work and a sense of community. UNHCR and its partner Solidarity Now, with European Commission Funding support, have been providing accommodation and language and education classes for adults and children for almost a year. Many of the refugees –all of whom have been granted refugee status and have the right to work – say they want to stay on the Dodecanese island, and the islanders say they are honoured to host them.

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