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|2020 planning figures|
|49,000||households will receive cash grants|
|25,000||urban accommodation places established by UNHCR between 2016 and 2018 will be gradually handed over to the Government of Greece|
|5,000||people will benefit from legal assistance|
|2018 year-end results|
|63,050||eligible refugees and asylum-seekers received cash grants|
|27,090||urban accommodation places were established and maintained with an occupancy rate of 98%|
|21,400||people from the islands were assisted to safely reach accommodation structures in the mainland|
People of Concern
Working environmentIn 2020, assuming the EU-Turkey Statement continues to be implemented, the number of asylum applications Greece receives is expected to continue at a steady pace – both from refugees and migrants entering the country via the islands and on land. The improved capacity of Greece’s Asylum Service will positively impact the recognition rate for refugees.
By the end of 2020, some 50,000 refugees and asylum-seekers are expected to remain in the country. UNHCR will work closely with local and national authorities to support the design and implementation of integration policies and increase opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant.
Management of the EU-funded accommodation scheme that UNHCR has run in collaboration with local authorities and partner NGOs will gradually be transferred to the Greece authorities in 2020, along with related services, cash-based assistance and transportation activities.
However, UNHCR remains focused on running response-driven protection activities supporting vulnerable individuals, such as children and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
Key prioritiesIn 2020, UNHCR will remain focused on supporting national plans for people of concern and their inclusion in existing social schemes and other national structures, with the aim of affording asylum-seekers and refugees’ greater dignity and self-reliance, as well as helping their social integration.
In line with its multi-year transition strategy, UNHCR will continue to ensure protection monitoring related to cash-based assistance, particularly for people with specific needs, children and women. It will also strengthen interventions in local communities that host refugees.
UNHCR will organize targeted advocacy activities, legislative reviews and offering recommendations where relevant. The Office will also provide operational capacity interventions for emerging government services and institutions, as well as community structures, including in areas of child protection, communicating with communities and sexual and gender-based violence. Greater focus on preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence will include supporting the expansion of safe shelters for survivors of such violence as well as case management. Unaccompanied or separated children and youth will be provided with support solutions and non-formal educational opportunities.
UNHCR will continue to make the capacity-building of relevant state authorities and other actors a priority to ensure progress is made in handing over of responsibilities.
Support to Greece’s asylum service in ad-hoc registration and backlog clearing exercises will be provided and expertise on bilateral relocation agreements implemented.
UNHCR will heavily invest in legislative amendments, which were a result of its continued advocacy with the authorities.
It will also assume a more prominent role in refugees’ societal integration through support, advocacy and coordination.