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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

€180 million added for refugees' emergency support in Greece

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News The European commission has added €180 million to fund aid projects in Greece, in order to increase the Emergency Support to Integration & Accomodation (ESTIA) programme. The aim of this programme is to get refugees out of camps and to provide them regular fiancial support. 

Launched in July 2017 with the UN Refugee Agency, ESTIA is the biggest EU aid operation in the country and works in line with the Greek government's 'out of camps' policy. So far it has created more than 23,000 urban accommodation places and set up a cash assistance scheme serving more than 41,000 refugees and asylum seekers.

Today's new funding for ESTIA will allow the programme to set up 27, 000 places in urban settings by the end of 2018. The bulk of the rented apartments will be in cities and towns on the Greek mainland while up to 2,000 places will be located on the Greek islands. Several municipalities in Greece are also part of this scheme. The ESTIA cash assistance scheme aims to reach 45,000 people by mid-2018.

Refugees and asylum seekers receive pre-defined monthly cash allocations through a dedicated card. This provides choice and enables them to meet their basic needs with dignity, while supporting the local economy. Making cash assistance more efficient remains a priority for the EU.

Source :  Press room - European Commission


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