UNHCR’s Accommodation and Services Scheme responds to the request of the Greek Authorities to enhance the Greece’s reception capacity for vulnerable asylum seekers, by establishing 22,000 accommodation places by the end of 2017. The type of accommodation provided by UNHCR can be in apartments, hotels or in other buildings, with a host family or in a site setting. All asylum seekers are assisted with cash cards that covers their daily needs such as food and hygiene items. Basic social support is provided as well as interpretation and transportation services. Medical, legal and psycho-social support are also provided as required. The project is supported by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid.


Types of Accommodation.

  • Apartments (75%)
  • Hotel/buildings (17.7%)
  • UASC (4%)
  • Agia Eleni Facility (3%)
  • Host family programmes (0.3%)


Accommodation Places: 19279.
Beneficiaries: 32975.
Places pledged by EU Member States: 27544.
Persons accepted by the EU Member States: 22033.
Persons left Greece to other EU countries: 17607.
Places for UASC: 718.


  • Islands (7%)
  • Attica region (66%)
  • Central Greece (5%)
  • Northern Greece (27%)

As of 25 July 2017


Refugees give new life to abandoned buildings

July 26th, 2017
On 5 May 2017, a new facility in Western Greece opened its doors to families fleeing war and persecution. "Agia Eleni" was renovated by UNHCR, with funding by the European...

Tilos: The Greek island where Syrian refugees are welcome

July 20th, 2017
The 800-strong community on the small Greek island Tilos have made 50 refugees feel at home. New arrivals are being given accommodation through UNHCR's accommodation and services scheme, in partnership...

New facility for refugees in Greece revives abandoned buildings

July 15th, 2017
A former youth hostel has been renovated thanks to European Commission funding, helping to home around 500 refugees. By: Leo Dobbs and Christos Tolis in Agia Eleni, Greece [caption id="attachment_2337" align="alignright"...

Greek locals welcome refugee families

June 30th, 2017
In Kilkis, a small city in northern Greece, families uprooted by conflict in Syria have found peace and a place to call home. The families are accommodated in dignified conditions...


A small town in Central Greece sets a positive example for the reception and integration of refugees in host societies with respect and safety. In Livadia, thanks to the accommodation program implemented by UNHCR and the local Municipality, refugees like 8-year old Marah and her family, have the possibility to return to regularity and dream of a future without war and fear.

Lagadikia, 17 June 2016 – Wafaa, a 33-year-old fashion designer and her three children, aged 3 to 15, fled their hometown of Aleppo, Syria, in February 2016. Wafaa had hoped to join her husband in Germany, who had left their war-torn home almost one year before. But, her family’s flight from war came to a halt, after countries along the Balkans route tightened their borders in March. The family spent six weeks sleeping in a small tent pitched in a petrol station near the Greek border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. They hoped to be allowed northwards. Wafaa was desperate to find somewhere secure for her children. Then, they moved to to the Lagadikia site near Thessaloniki in northern Greece.

Lagadikia, 8 May 2016 – The open accommodation site in Lagadikia is set up one kilometer south of a village with the same name in northern Greece. The Greek authorities with the support of the UNHCR manage and operate the site. Like thousands of other women who were forced to make the dangerous journey into Europe on their own, Nisrine Shiko, a 34-year-old Syrian refugee, travelled there with her five children, after her husband was killed by a bomb in Aleppo three years ago.


Municipality of Athens
Catholic Relief Services
Solidarity Now
Municipality of Thessaloniki
Save the Children
Municipality of Livadia