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

Afghan lost boys provide a bridge in Crete between nations

March 24th, 2018
Ali Sher Kashimi arrived in Greece as a young boy. Now, he helps other asylum seekers by interpreting for them. By Leo Dobbs in Heraklion, Greece,...

Syrian family transfers to mainland after Samos ordeal

March 10th, 2018
UNHCR has been supporting the transfer of vulnerable people from overcrowded island centres to the Greek mainland. By Leo Dobbs Mohamad Alhajer...

Refugee family renews century-old ties on Crete

February 26th, 2018
After fleeing the conflict in Syria with his family, Ahmed has rediscovered his roots on the Greek island of Crete. Ahmed...

5 things you need to know about cash assistance to asylum-seekers and refugees in Greece

February 14th, 2018
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...

Statistics

Types of Accommodation

  • Apartments (86.6%)
  • Buildings (13.4%)

Achievements

Accommodation Places (total): 22049.
Hosted Population: 18421.
Accommodation Beneficiaries (since November 2015): 43798.
Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (assisted in November 2017) : 41387.
Cumulative number of Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (April - December 2017) : 62021.

Accommodation Locations

  • Islands (6%)
  • Attica region (64%)
  • Central Greece (6%)
  • Northern Greece (17%)
  • Western Greece (3.7%)
  • Crete (3.3%)

As of 28 February 2018


Factsheets

Monthly and weekly updates on the progress of accommodation under ESTIA

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 24 April 2018

April 25th, 2018
As of 24 April 2018, the total number of places for refugees and asylum-seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework of...

Greece Cash Assistance – March 2018

April 17th, 2018
In March, 41,803 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (19,478 households) received cash assistance in Greece, in 92 locations. UNHCR provides cash assistance in Greece, as part...

Monthly Accommodation update – March 2018

April 17th, 2018
By the end of March 2018, UNHCR had created 22,382 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 3,768...

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 11 April 2018

April 12th, 2018
As of 11 April 2018, the total number of places for refugees and asylum-seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework of...

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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.

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