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 (89.3%)
- Buildings (10.7%)
- Islands (6%)
- Attica region (58.5%)
- Central Greece (6.2%)
- Northern Greece (21.4%)
- Western Greece (4.5%)
- Crete (3.4%)
As of 30 April 2018
5 things you need to know about cash assistance to asylum-seekers and refugees in Greece
Since April 2017 more than 58,000 asylum-seekers and refugees received cash assistance in Greece. Here are the five things you need to know about UNHCR’s cash assistance programme.
UNHCR in collaboration with an alliance of organizations provides 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.