Greece

Number of people served: 5,332

According to UNCHCR, on 31 December 2019, the total arrivals in Europe was 125,317. In Greece only, the total arrivals were 74 348 people, showing an increase in the number of arrivals compared to 2018 (50,508 arrivals). Most of the arrivals come from Afghanistan and Syria, and from these, 40% were minors, 20% women and 40% men9. On 30 November 2019, there were about 109.000 migrants and refugees in Greece, and on 29 December 2019, some 40.800 refugees and migrants resided on the Aegean islands, highlights the critical situation on Lesvos, Samos, and Kos in late 2019

Our work in Greece

JRS Greece was established in November 2015 and its action is focused on vulnerable people. To promote the social inclusion and integration of refugees and other forced migrants in Greece, JRS engages in projects that support people from the moment of their first arrival and accompanies them in a process towards self-sufficiency and full participation in their new home societies. JRS Greece manages three Centres in the heart of Athens:

  • Women Day Centre, with laundry and dryer service, shower service and activities. Also focuses on integration through employability.
  • Hub Community in which take place many activities to encourage integration, such as Greek, English, and French lessons, jewelry making, computer classes,
  • Pedro Arrupe Centre , with the mission to help welcome refugee and migrant children into Greek society and schools through supplemental education.

JRS Greece also supports the urban neighbourhoods of Athens through the distribution of non-food items (NFIs).

See our work

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

Anna Kapralou

greece@jrs.net

Project locations:

Athens

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