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

Refugees happy for the chance to meet British royalty on Crete

May 16th, 2018
Royal couple learn about UNHCR’s EU-funded ESTIA programme and how it is helping move the most vulnerable into safe and appropriate shelter By Leo Dobbs ARCHANES,...

Then and now: refugee lives in sharp focus

May 4th, 2018
Refugee women that live in Greece present photographs from home and reflect on the past they left behind — as well as their hopes for a brighter...

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...

Statistics

Types of Accommodation

  • Apartments (89.3%)
  • Buildings (10.7%)

Achievements

Accommodation Places (total): 24487.
Hosted Population: 21002.
Accommodation Beneficiaries (since November 2015): 47297.
Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (assisted in November 2017) : 44753.
Cumulative number of Cash Assistance Beneficiaries (April - December 2017) : 68110.

Accommodation Locations

  • 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


Factsheets

Monthly and weekly updates on the progress of accommodation under ESTIA

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 22 May 2018

May 22nd, 2018
As of 22 May 2018, the total number of places for refugees and asylum-seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework of...

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 15 May 2018

May 16th, 2018
As of 15 May 2018, the total number of places for refugees and asylum-seekers created by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in the framework of...

Accommodation Programme – Weekly Update, 8 May 2018

May 9th, 2018
As of 8 May 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 – April 2018

May 8th, 2018
In April, 44,753 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (21,098 households) received cash assistance in Greece, in 93 locations. UNHCR provides cash assistance in Greece, as part...

Multimedia

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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