Greece

Number of people served: 2,091 

For many refugees, Greece has been a gateway to the rest of Europe. Between 2015 and 2016 more than one million refugees arrived in Greece. Since that time, there have been a number of restrictions and rules put into place that have stopped refugees from traveling from Greece to other European nations, or making it impossible to travel to Greece at all.  However, many refugees remain in Greece. Currently there are more than 60,000 refugees living in Greece, including about 14,000 living on camps on the Greek islands.

Greece has struggled to respond to the needs of refugees during its own economic crisis. The country has failed to provide adequate services to refugees, asylum applications are backlogged, and refugee camps on the Greek islands lack basic necessities.

Our work in Greece

JRS Greece (JRS Hellas) was founded in November 2015 in response to the influx of refugees arriving to the country at that time. JRS Greece focuses on four main activities: emergency support, integration, education, and advocacy.

Projects include:

  • Shelters where JRS Greece houses and serves mostly vulnerable families
  • Activities to encourage integration, such as Greek, English, and German lessons, jewelry making, computer classes, and athletic activities
  • Case management and job counseling
  • The Arrupe Center, with the mission to help welcome refugee and migrant children into Greek society and schools through supplemental education.

See our work

A migrant carries his baby after arriving on a rubber dinghy packed with refugees and migrants on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos.
A migrant carries his baby after arriving on a rubber dinghy packed with refugees and migrants on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. (Darrin Zammit Lupi/Jesuit Refugee Service)
A young woman gets help from a teacher on her class assignment at the Arrupe Center in Athens.
A young woman gets help from a teacher on her class assignment at the Arrupe Center in Athens. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
A family who found refuge at the JRS Greece shelter sits together
A family who found refuge at the JRS Greece shelter sits together. (Jesuit Refugee Service)

Contact

JRS Greece Country Director

Fr Maurice Joyeux SJ

greece@jrs.net

Project locations:

Lesbos, Athens

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