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,  co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union.

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.

Stories

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

“Crete has embraced us” – Five refugee girls and their parents start a new life in Heraklion

September 25th, 2020
Alisar Bakri, 8, on a swing at the garden of her home at Heraklion city in Crete. “I really like going...

“Helping people makes our heart feel full’: A refugee family in Trikala makes protective masks and uniforms for the local community

July 27th, 2020
© UNHCR / e-Trikala It has been three months since Safar started making protection masks for COVID-19. So far, he has...

Compassion is human nature – New ESTIA campaign

December 31st, 2019
Compassion is human nature. This is why the ESTIA programme stands by those who have fled their homes and the people who welcome them.  ...

Greek exhibition gives Slovaks a sense of the refugee experience

February 25th, 2019
Acclaimed Greek photo exhibition goes on tour to Slovakia, a country with less experience of welcoming refugees. Source: UNHCR Central Europe By: Helen Womack in Košice,...

Statistics

Types of Accommodation

  • Apartments (96%)
  • Buildings (4%)

Achievements

Accommodation Places (total): 25771.
Hosted Population: 22071.
Accommodation Beneficiaries (since November 2015): 68224.
Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (assisted in May 2020) : 89407.
Cumulative number of Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (April 2017 - May 2020) : 185603.

Accommodation Locations

  • Islands (7%)
  • Attica region (54%)
  • Central Greece (8%)
  • Northern Greece (21%)
  • Western Greece (6%)
  • Crete (4%)

As of 31 July 2020

Factsheets

Monthly and weekly updates on the progress of accommodation under ESTIA

ESTIA Accommodation Capacity Weekly Update – 5 October 2020

October 6th, 2020
As of 5 October 2020, the total number of places for refugees and asylum-seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework of...

ESTIA Accommodation Capacity Weekly Update – 28 September 2020

September 29th, 2020
As of 28September 2020, the total number of places for refugees and asylum-seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework of the...

ESTIA Accommodation Capacity Weekly Update – 21 September 2020

September 22nd, 2020
As of 21 September 2020, the total number of places for refugees and asylum-seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework of...

ESTIA Accommodation Capacity Weekly Update – 14 September 2020

September 15th, 2020
As of 14 September 2020, the total number of places for refugees and asylum-seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework of...

Multimedia

“Crete has embraced us” – Five refugee girls and their parents start a new life in Heraklion

Malek, Abed and their five daughters left Syria fleeing war. In Heraklion, Crete, they found new friends and a home thanks to ESTIA programme.

*Through ESTIA, the Emergency Support To Integration & Accommodation programme, asylum-seekers are provided with housing in apartments and financial support. In Heraklion city the programme is implemented by UNHCR in collaboration with Heraklion Municipality and the Heraklion Development Agency, and is co-funded by the European Union.

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