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Greece Accommodation Update – November 2018

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By the end of November 2018, UNHCR had created 26,526 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 4,427 apartments and 23 buildings, in 14 cities and 7 islands across Greece.
The Accommodation Scheme 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 November 2015, 54,781 individuals have benefitted from the accommodation scheme. 22,275 people were accommodated as of the end of November 2018, 5,246 of whom are recognized refugees. 48% of the residents are children. The vast majority of those accommodated are families, with the average family size of four people. 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:

  • 9% Serious medical condition

  • 4% Woman at risk

  • 3% Single parent