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

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,...

School opens doors to a new life for a refugee family in Greece

December 19th, 2018
Ashti and Dilpak Jamal fled Iraq with their two children, Mohamad and Sara. They found safety in Sindos, northern Greece, where they live in an...

Thessaloniki welcomes “Face Forward …into my home” art project

November 6th, 2018
Following its first successful presentation in Athens and its warm reception in Heraklion, Crete, the interactive art project Face Forward …into my home is hosted in Thessaloniki...

Statistics

Types of Accommodation

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

Achievements

Accommodation Places (total): 25533.
Hosted Population: 21983.
Accommodation Beneficiaries (since November 2015): 66308.
Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (assisted in March 2020) : 96324.
Cumulative number of Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (April 2017 - March 2020) : 177218.

Accommodation Locations

  • Islands (7%)
  • Attica region (54%)
  • Central Greece (8.2%)
  • Northern Greece (20.8%)
  • Western Greece (5.8%)
  • Crete (4.2%)

As of 31 March 2020

Factsheets

Monthly and weekly updates on the progress of accommodation under ESTIA

ESTIA Accommodation Capacity Weekly Update – 18 May 2020

May 20th, 2020
As of 18 May 2020, the total number of places for refugees and asylum-seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework of...

Greece Accommodation update – April 2020

May 13th, 2020
By the end of April 2020, UNHCR had created 25,496 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 4,588...

ESTIA Accommodation Capacity Weekly Update – 11 May 2020

May 13th, 2020
As of 11 May 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 – 4 May 2020

May 5th, 2020
As of 4 May 2020, the total number of places for refugees and asylum-seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework of...

Multimedia

Compassion is human nature

This is why the ESTIA programme stands by those who have fled their homes and the people who welcome them.

*ESTIA programme is implemented by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its partners, with funding by the European Commission.

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