UNHCR’s Relocation and Integration Support Unit responds to the request of the Greek Authorities to enhance the Greece’s reception capacity for relocation candidates and vulnerable asylum seekers, by establishing 20,000 accommodation places by the end of 2016. 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 included in the Relocation and Integration Support receive food, hygiene items, basic social support, interpretation and transportation services. Medical, legal and psycho-social support are also provided as required. The project is supported by the European Commission.


Types of Accommodation.

  • Apartments (68%)
  • Hotel/buildings (27%)
  • UASC (4%)
  • Relocation sites (0%)
  • Host family programmes (1%)


Accommodation Places: 17919.
Beneficiaries: 27720.
Places pledged by EU Member States: 20917.
Persons accepted by the EU Member States: 16462.
Persons accepted by the EU Member States: 16320.
Persons left Greece to other EU countries: 12725.
Places for UASC: 734.


  • Islands (6%)
  • Attica region (59%)
  • Central Greece (7%)
  • Northern Greece (28%)

As of 25 April 2017


A home away from home under UNHCR accommodation programme

April 20th, 2017
Haysam, 30, from Aleppo Syria, and his wife Nazli, who will soon become a mother, are overwhelmed by the welcome they received in the middle–sized Greek...

Representatives of the municipalities and the region of Thessaly meet with the Minister of Migration Policy and UNHCR Representative to discuss the Accommodation Scheme

April 12th, 2017
The accommodation programme for refugees in apartments was presented in Larissa, Central Greece, in a joint press conference held by the Greek Minister of Migration, Yannis Mouzalas, and the UN...

Tilos: an island of solidarity

March 23rd, 2017
Tilos and its 500 inhabitants welcome with open arms several families of Syrian refugees. Τhe small island of Tilos, located only 18 kilometers from the Turkish coast in the Aegean...

More refugees leave warehouse sites for better housing

February 22nd, 2017
By Liene Veide in Thessaloniki, Greece Some 120 refugees and migrants that spent months in the old warehouse SK Market in the North of Greece are sleeping in hotel beds...


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