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UNHCR Greece Cash Assistance (November 2017)

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In November, 36,135 eligible refugees and asylum seekers (16,410 households) received cash assistance in Greece, in 111 locations.

UNHCR provides cash assistance in Greece, as part of the ESTIA programme, funded by the European Commission. Cash assistance restores dignity and empowers asylum-seekers and refugees who can now choose how to cover their basic needs. It also contributes directly to the economy of the host community through the purchase of services and goods. UNHCR in Greece works with the Greece Cash Alliance partners the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Samaritan’s Purse, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Mercy Corps.

Demographics of refugees and asylum-seekers assisted with cash

In total, since April 2017, 52,393 eligible individuals are estimated to have received cash assistance in Greece at least once. Eligibility is assessed on the basis of one’s date of entry in the country, legal status and current location. Of the 36,135 individuals who received cash assistance this month, 42% were children, 23% were women and 35% were men. One quarter of those provided cash assistance are families, with an average family size of four people.

The amount of cash assistance distributed to each household is proportionate to the family size. It ranges between 90 euros for an individual in catered accommodation, to 550 euros for a family of seven members or more in self-catered accommodation.