Greece Accommodation Update – December 2018 [EN/EL]

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Dec 2018 View Original


By the end of December 2018, UNHCR had created 27,088 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 4,554 apartments and 22 buildings, in 14 cities and 7 islands across Greece.

The Accommodation Scheme1 provides rented housing to vulnerable asylum-seekers and refugees in Greece. Urban accommodation helps restore a sense of normalcy and provides better access to services, including education and health. People are additionally supported by social workers and interpreters who help them access medical services, employment, language courses and recreational activities.


In total, since December 2015, 55,755 individuals have benefitted from the accommodation scheme. 22,686 people were accommodated as of the end of December 2018, 5,649 of whom are recognized refugees. 48% of the residents are children. The clear majority of those accommodated are families, with the average family size of five people.
More than one in four residents have at least one of the vulnerabilities that make them eligible for the accommodation scheme. The three most common vulnerabilities are:

13% Serious medical condition

3% Woman at risk

3% Single parent