UNHCR: 33,600 Refugees in Greece Received Cash Assistance in October

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released the amount of cash assistance offered to refugees living in Greece for the month of October.

According to its data, October, 33,595 eligible refugees and asylum seekers (15,153 households) received cash assistance in Greece, in 93 locations.

In total, since April 2017, 49,853 eligible individuals are estimated to have received cash assistance in Greece at least once. Eligibility is assessed on the basis of one’s date of entry in the country, legal status and current location.

Asylum-seekers and refugees receiving cash assistance reside in 93 locations in Greece: 47% of those receiving cash assistance are located in Athens, with 21% currently on the islands and a further 18% in Central Macedonia.

In October, 15,153 households containing in total 33,595 individuals, received cash assistance. Of those, 42% were children, 23% were women and 35% were men. One quarter of those provided cash assistance are families, with an average family size of four people.

The amount of cash assistance distributed to each household is proportionate to the family size. It ranges between 90 euros for an individual, to 550 euros for a family of seven members or more.

UNHCR provides cash assistance in Greece, as part of the ESTIA programme, funded by the European Commission. Cash assistance restores dignity and empowers asylum-seekers and refugees who can now choose how to cover their basic needs.

It also contributes directly to the economy of the host community through the purchase of services and goods.

Source: UNHCR