UNHCR Northern and Western Greece Factsheet: February 2017

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 28 Feb 2017 View Original

HIGHLIGHTS

February 2017

6,182
UNHCR accommodation places established for relocation candidates and vulnerable asylum-seekers by the end of February
160
UNHCR accommodation places established for unaccompanied children by the end of February
5,798
Asylum-seekers benefited from UNHCR’s transportation to Regional Asylum Offices, Embassies, and medical facilities in February
9,151
Non-food items including clothes, footwear and blankets were distributed by UNHCR as part of the winterization plans in February
1,500
Asylum-seekers able to cover their needs through UNHCR’s cash assistance programme by the end of February
582
UNHCR prefabricated houses provided and installed in sites by the end of February
15
Inter-agency coordination sectoral working groups established and chaired or co-chaired by UNHCR
12
Water and Sanitation facilities with shower and toilet containers or chemical units installed in February

OPERATIONAL CONTEXT

  • UNHCR is active, through a variety of interventions, in all 15 sites in northern and western Greece (Macedonia, Thrace and Epirus regions) hosting 3,611 asylum-seekers as of 28 February (Government figures). UNHCR provides protection services and monitoring in all sites In line with its protection mandate. UNHCR provides Site Management Support in the six sites of Nea Kavala, Alexandria and Lagadikia in northern Greece, and Konitsa, Doliana and Filipiada in western Greece.
  • UNHCR offered over 6,182 accommodation places for relocation candidates and vulnerable asylum-seekers in apartments, renovated buildings, host families and hotels in line with UNHCR’s out-of-camp policy to accommodate more people in accommodation places out of the sites, where they will enjoy better conditions, and better access to services. UNHCR also transports refugees to the accommodation facilities, and to appointments at the Regional Asylum offices in mainland Greece.
  • UNHCR continued supporting the decongestion of Oreokastro, Sindos/Karamanlis, Kalochori/Iliadi and Sindos/Frakapor warehouse sites by transferring the residents to hotels, apartments, and the sites of Veria and Alexandria that have prefabricated containers.