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 daily 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 daily needs. It also contributes directly to the economy of the host community through the purchase of services and goods.
Types of Accommodation
- Apartments (86.5%)
- Buildings (13.5%)
- Islands (6.7%)
- Attica region (61.2%)
- Central Greece (3.6%)
- Northern Greece (22%)
- Western Greece (4.8%)
- Crete (1.7%)
As of 31 January 2018
A refugee family finds warmth in the festive city of Trikala
Μυstufa, Sultana and two of their children, refugees from Syria, spent their first festive season in Trikala in Central Greece. It is a city well known around the country for the “Mill of Elves” (Mylos ton Xotikon), its impressive Christmas park, which attracts several visitors every year. The Syrian family is living in an apartment in Trikala city through the programme ESTIA and has managed to find new friends, a welcoming local school and the hope that they can make a new start no matter where they are.
Through ESTIA, the Emergency Support To Integration & Accommodation programme, refugees are provided with housing in apartments and financial support. In Trikala city the programme is implemented by UNHCR in collaboration with Trikala Municipality and funded by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid.