EU launches new humanitarian programme for the integration & accommodation of refugees in Greece
Today, the European Commission has announced a new wave of emergency support projects to help refugees in Greece.
The European Commission has today announced a new wave of emergency support projects to help refugees in Greece worth €209 million.
This includes the launch of the 'Emergency Support To Integration & Accommodation' (ESTIA) programme to help refugees and their families rent urban accommodation and provide them with cash assistance. This marks a change from previous humanitarian projects which mainly provided support for accommodation in camps and the provision of direct supplies.
The ESTIA programme has a budget of €151 million and is composed of:
- Rented accommodation in Greece for up to 30,000 people (large scale rental project to improve the living conditions of refugees)
- Cash assistance to empower refugees to meet basic needs, such as food, medicine and public transportation (basic social safety net for all asylum seekers and refugees in Greece by providing them with pre-defined monthly cash allocations through a dedicated card).
A full list of the funding and projects can be found here.
For further information, see the full press release of the European Commission.