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

“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,...

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...

Statistics

Types of Accommodation

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

Achievements

Accommodation Places (total): 25508.
Hosted Population: 22769.
Accommodation Beneficiaries (since November 2015): 67436.
Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (assisted in May 2020) : 98139.
Cumulative number of Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (April 2017 - May 2020) : 180324.

Accommodation Locations

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

As of 31 May 2020

Factsheets

Monthly and weekly updates on the progress of accommodation under ESTIA

ESTIA Accommodation Capacity Weekly Update – 27 July 2020

July 28th, 2020
As of 27 July 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 – 20 July 2020

July 21st, 2020
As of 20 July 2020, the total number of places for refugees and asylum-seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework of...

Greece Cash Assistance – June 2020

July 20th, 2020
In June, 92,084 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (47,915 families) received cash assistance in Greece, in 120 locations. Since April 2017, 183,408 eligible individuals have received...

ESTIA Accommodation Capacity Weekly Update – 13 July 2020

July 14th, 2020
As of 13 July 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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