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.

Stories

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

A refugee family finds warmth in the festive city of Trikala

January 4th, 2018
The city of Trikala is broadly known for “The Mill of Elves” (Mylos ton Xotikon), its impressive Christmas park, which thanks to the joint efforts...

“Face Forward …into my home” opens its doors in Athens

November 22nd, 2017
Face Forward …into my home is an interactive art project focused on the stories of people who have been forced to leave their homelands and are rebuilding their...

Back to School for Refugee Children in Greece

September 28th, 2017
Destiny, a Nigerian refugee living in Greece, has three young children aged 7, 9 and 10. Since arriving in the country, she has been actively...

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...

Statistics

Types of Accommodation

  • Apartments (86.7%)
  • Hotels (2.1%)
  • Buildings (11.2%)

Achievements

Accommodation Places (total): 18927.
Hosted Population: 15144.
Accommodation Beneficiaries (since November 2015): 38534.
Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (assisted in November 2017) : 36135.
Cumulative number of Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (April - November 2017) : 52393.

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 30 November 2017


Factsheets

Monthly and weekly updates on the progress of accommodation under ESTIA

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 16 January 2018

January 17th, 2018
As of 16 January 2018, the total number of places for refugees and asylum seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework...

Monthly Accommodation update – December 2017

January 11th, 2018
By the end of December, UNHCR had created 21,435 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 3,577 separate...

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 3 January 2018

January 8th, 2018
As of 3 January 2018, the total number of places for refugees and asylum seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework...

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 28 December 2017

December 29th, 2017
As of 28 December 2017, the total number of places for refugees and asylum seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework...

Multimedia

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.

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