Activities to respond to the harsh weather conditions, together with transfers from the Greek islands to the mainland, continued in December, while temperatures plummeted and there was heavy snowfall in large parts of the country.
Sites that were unsuitable for winter, like Petra Olympou, Kipselochori and Tsepelovo, were emptied, and alternative accommodation was found for their residents. In eight government-run sites on the mainland, where UNHCR assumed the replacement of tents with prefab housing units, the latter’s number increased from 500 to 745 prefabs, equipped with electricity and kerosene heaters, with a total capacity up to 3,800 persons.
In total, by the end of December, UNHCR acquired primary responsibility for making fit for winter 16 out of 46 refugee accommodation sites. For the remaining ones, winterization interventions were progressively assigned by the Ministry of Migration Policy (MoMP) to other actors, such as NRC, DRC, IFRC, IRC, IOM, Oxfam and ASB, with the support of the European Commission-Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).