By the end of April 2020, UNHCR had created 25,496 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 4,588 apartments and 8 buildings, in 14 cities and 7 islands across Greece.
In total, since November 2015, 66,941 individuals have benefitted from the accommodation scheme. 22,395 people were accommodated as of the end of April 2020, 6,534 of whom are recognized refugees. 51% of the residents are children. The clear majority of those accommodated are families, with the average family size of four people.
The Accommodation Scheme1 provides rented housing to vulnerable asylum-seekers and refugees in Greece. Urban accommodation helps restore a sense of normalcy and provides better access to services, including education and health. People are additionally supported by social workers and interpreters who help them access medical services, employment, language courses and recreational activities.