UNHCR in Greece has been supporting the Greek Government together with partners to address the changing needs of asylum-seekers and refugees throughout the emergency and the post-emergency stabilization period. Operationally, UNHCR has worked on improving living conditions for asylum-seekers across Greece, on providing services and relief items directly and through partners, and on accommodating the most vulnerable in apartments and hotels.
UNHCR has also been supporting the Greek reception and asylum procedure through the capacity building of staff, the secondment of expert staff, targeted interventions and quality assurance. UNHCR also provides support through partners for legal aid and interpretation, and works with partners and other agencies to build the capacity of stakeholders in Greece.
UNHCR’s response in May focused on supporting the Greek Government in the three areas of 1) Reception, 2) Asylum and 3) Solutions. As the Greek Government has increasingly focused on enhancing refugees’ self-reliance and contributing to longer term solutions, UNHCR’s two operational priorities in May were 1) Urban Accommodation, and 2) Cash Assistance.