In December, 90,537 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (45,451 families) received cash assistance in Greece, in 116 locations. UNHCR provides cash assistance in Greece, as part of the ESTIA programme, funded by the European Commission.
Since April 2017, 159,222 eligible individuals have received cash assistance in Greece at least once. Eligibility is assessed on the basis of one’s date of entry in the country, legal status and current location. Of the 90,537 individuals who received cash assistance this month, 15,500 have international protection in Greece. Out of 45,451 families, 22% were women, 40% men and 38% children.
Cash assistance restores dignity and empowers asylum-seekers and refugees who can now choose how to cover their basic needs. It also contributes directly to the economy of the host community through the purchase of services and goods. UNHCR in Greece works with the Greece Cash Alliance partners the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).