Latest Announcement

According to a decision by the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, the Residence Permits of Temporary Protection that expire on March 4, 2024 are extended for one year (until March 4, 2025).

For more information see: https://bit.ly/49pvarZ

Exciting Opportunity Announcement!

Are you interested in becoming an interpreter? METAdrasi is offering a free Interpreters’ Training Seminar with employment opportunities!

Discover more details here: https://shorturl.at/pB018

A new training course for refugees and migrants with employment prospects as personal caregivers for people with disabilities.

METAdrasi and UNHCR are launching the fifth cycle of education and training that offers the opportunity for participants to acquire the necessary skills for employment in the field of caring for people with disabilities.

The programme includes:

✅Theoretical training and practical training in a certified institution

✅ Training in first aid and child protection

✅ Support for registration on the Ministry of Labour’s platform.

✅ Greek courses to improve the level of the language.

📌 Application deadline: 19/02/2024

More information and application form can be found at the following link: https://bit.ly/3UtMJTg

The HELIOS project has been extended until 30 June 2024. HELIOS project services will gradually resume, and all HELIOS beneficiaries will be contacted accordingly. New enrollments in the project and new lease agreements will henceforth be accepted.

More information can be found here: https://greece.iom.int/helios-announcement-english

❗The City of Athens Reception and Solidarity Center (K.Y.A.D.A.) remains vigilant, by supporting our vulnerable fellow citizens during the cold weather.

In particular:

– K.Y.A.D.A.’s Street work, featuring psychologists, social workers, and nurses, operates from 8 am to 2am across Athens, providing food, blankets, hot tea, and insulated gloves. They also intervene in specific locations, such as parks and gardens, where there are people in need and their presence may not be easily noticed.

– The Day Center (Acharnon 3) operates from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m., providing clothing, personal hygiene items, showers, and food services.

-The Dormitory (Acharnon 3) operates 24/7 to provide accommodation for the homeless.

Throughout the day we receive emergency calls for interventions in locations where there are homeless people.

📞 If you encounter a citizen in need of assistance, please contact 1595 or 210-5287800 (the contact number for the Civil Protection of the Municipality of Athens).


Fraud Alert

Some individuals have been approached on social media and/or via email by people using UNHCR name and asking for money under the pretext of an urgent situation:

This is a FRAUD and is not associated with UNHCR

The official communication channels of UNHCR Greece are the following:

Please remember that all UNHCR staff are bound by a strict Code of Conduct and that all UNHCR services are free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay for any services provided by UNHCR or to support financially an employee of UNHCR. Be cautious with anybody approaching you online to request your financial assistance to get them out of a difficult situation.


Free eye clinic in Athens! 14-20 December 2023

Light Without Borders and OneSight Essilor Luxottica Foundation, in cooperation with UNHCR, Bairamoglou and MSF, will conduct a free eye clinic in Athens for all those in need, regardless of legal status (refugees, asylum-seekers, migrants etc.) and age. The clinic will include visual screening to determine the need of each patient: prescription glasses will be provided for free to those needing them based on the screening. Other specialized ophthalmological testing and surgeries can be conducted as well.

To participate you need to download and fill the form at this link https://shareyougo.com/U6WI8Cam and share it by email with [email protected]

 If you need help in filling the form, you can contact UNHCR at +302162007800 or [email protected] : the team of UNHCR speaks Arabic, Dari/Farsi, French, English, Greek, Sorani, Russian, Ukrainian


Extension of temporary protection

The Ministry of Migration and Asylum has issued decision to extend the temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine for another 6 months, until the 4th of March 2024. 


Wildfires in the region of Evros

Kindly note that following the destructive wildfires in the region of Evros which led to the death of people, the Ministry of Migration and Asylum issued an announcement on 24 August 2023 to channel potential requests by relatives and families looking for their missing family members and friends to the responsible authorities involved in the identification of the dead and missing persons.

In particular,  all requests and queries can be addressed to the Disaster Victim Identification Unit of the Hellenic Police  as follows:

  • Call center: +302131386000. The call center will be open from Friday 25 August 2023 from 09.00 to 17.00 (UTC+3) on a daily basis and will support the following languages: English, Arabic, Pashto, Turkish and Urdu.
  • On WhatsApp 00306944471742 and email  dvi@astynomia.GR interested parties will be able to send any document concerning missing persons.

The announcement of the Ministry can be found here: https://migration.gov.gr/tilefoniko-kentro-gia-tin-anagnorisi-ton-thymaton-tis-pyrkagias-stin-eyryteri-periochi-tis-koinotitas-avanta-sto-nomo-evroy/


10-year residence permit for unaccompanied children

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Migration and Asylum have introduced an opportunity for you to obtain a 10-year residence permit, only if you are a third-country national or a stateless person who arrived in Greece as an unaccompanied child and if you have successfully completed at least three grades of secondary education at a Greek school before turning 23.

Here’s what you need to know:

To apply for this special residence permit, you’ll need a few essential documents.

  • Document issued by the state authorities showing that the beneficiary entered Greece as unaccompanied minor. This document must be issued by: the Asylum Service or Reception and Identification Service, or General Secretariat for Vulnerable Persons and Institutional Protection of the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, or the Hellenic Police,
  • A declaration by the person that he/she has stayed in the country for a period of more than two (2) consecutive years without interruptions.
  • Evidence of successful completion of at least three (3) grades of secondary education at a Greek school in Greece before reaching the age of twenty-third (23).

Fraud Alert

Asylum-seekers and refugees have reported receiving this invitation to participate to a questionnaire by somebody using UNHCR name and its logo:

❌ This is a FRAUD and is not associated with UNHCR

The official communication channels of UNHCR Greece are the following:

• https://help.unhcr.org/greece/✅

• UNHCR phone number (216 200 7800)✅

• UNHCR email ([email protected]).✅

• UNHCR Facebook Info Point: https://www.facebook.com/UNHCRGRinfopoint✅

❌ Please remember that all UNHCR services and activities are free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay for any of the services provided by UNHCR or any of its partners. Do not believe anyone who tells you that they can help you with registration, resettlement or other services if you pay.


Refugee Women Academy

Join the Refugee Women Academy and have an opportunity to work in the tourism sector!

  • Greek classes
  • Vocational training
  • Employability matching with relevant Job Opportunities

Duration: Two months

Location: Athens

Application: https://odyssea.com/en/refugee-women-academy/


Heatwave guidelines


The “Scheduling a registration appointment for subsequent application” platform of the Asylum Service is on

As of Monday 22/8, the production run of the “Scheduling a registration appointment for subsequent application” platform shall be implemented, which is addressed to asylum seekers whose initial application has been finally rejected. In fact, the platform is addressed to those Third Country Nationals (TCNs) who wish to submit a new claim for international protection in our country, after their initial application has been definitively rejected.

The platform is developed and available in: English, Albanian (Sqip), Arabic, Bengali, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Kurmanji, Pashto, Turkish, Urdu, with the possibility of expanding to more languages, if the need arises in the future.

The platform can be accessed through the following link:

https://apps.migration.gov.gr/international-protection-registration

In order to properly apply the scheduling and to facilitate your assistance, please arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled registration appointment, holding all of your identification documents. With the start of functioning of the above procedure, the Skype app that was previously in force for booking registration appointments will be deactivated.

Finally, we remind you that, for all interested persons who have never visited the Asylum Service Offices and have never submitted an application for international protection up to now, it is now possible to get registered at the following points: Malakasa Camp and Diavata Camp, following the procedure “Scheduling an initial registration appointment” described in the platform, which you can also access through the above-mentioned link (https://apps.migration.gov.gr/international-protection-registration ).

FRAUD ALERT

27/05/2022

Have you received the below invitation on Telegram lately?

Take a closer look please. If you have, please be aware that it is A FRAUD. If you haven’t, please be careful if you ever receive one.

Asylum-seekers and refugees have reported receiving this invitation to join a Telegram channel acting as UNHCR and using its logo.

This is a FRAUD and is not associated with UNHCR.

The official communication channels of UNHCR Greece are the following:

All UNHCR services and activities are free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay for any of the services provided by UNHCR or any of its partners. Please do not believe anyone who tells you that they can help you with registration, resettlement or other services if you pay.


Fake Skype Accounts

12/02/2022

  • We are aware that fake SKYPE accounts are being used to mislead asylum-seekers into thinking that they are contacting the Greek Asylum Office. Access to all asylum services, including SKYPE, are completely FREE of charge. Official staff of the Asylum Office do NOT request an exchange of services or money for these appointments. If you have been a victim of this scam, we encourage you to file a complaint with the local police authority.

Warning: Skype Fraud to Make an Appointment with the Greek Asylum Office