Join Us in Utah for the Displacement Today TSOS Lecture Series, 21-23 October 2021
DEMOGRAPHICS
Arrivals

•Over a million refugees have passed through Greece while 58,000 have remained in the country- making up .5% of the entire population.

•"The generous response of Greek civil society, in a difficult context, should be recognized and supported." -UNHCR

*Data sources: Pew Research; Relief Web International; UNHCR; CNBC; Macro Trends Greece; UNHCR

DIVERSITY CONTRIBUTION
Top Newcomer Languages
  • Arabic
  • Dari
  • Pashto
  • Kurdish
  • Urdu
  • Persian
  • Farsi
5,000
Government-Sponsored Greek Language Classes
ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS
Top 3 Fields of Labor*

Agricultural and Fishing Labor

90%

Service and Tourism

35%

Private Care and Domestic Work

27%

*Data source: Infomigrants 2020

Refugee Entrepreneurs
  • Food Services
  • Babershops
  • Salons
  • Tailors
  • Translators
  • Counseling
95%
Refugee Tax SS# Holders
68%
Refugee Tax Identification Holder
SOCIO-FAMILIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
5,385
UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN LIVING IN GREECE

Reception and Identification Centers

35.6%

Shelters

23.6%

Temporary Housing

20.6%

Hotels

9.6%

Safe Area Camps

5.1%

Protective Custody

3.8%

Assisted Living

1.7%
COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION CONTRIBUTIONS
Revitalization Neighborhoods - Athens
  • Kato Patisia
  • Kipseli Square
  • Amerikis Square
  • Koliatsou Square
  • Victoria Square
  • Nea Philidelphia-Halkidona
38
Municipalities Receiving Government Assistance for lower-income Apartment Renovation
Minors under 18
Receive Free Education

Since the beginning of the refugee crisis, Greek society has responded with empathy towards refugees and migrants passing through the country. Civic groups, local authorities, and NGOs have provided aid in the form of clothes, meals, medicines, legal and psychological support, and informal education. Most Greeks we interviewed said that they have more than once donated goods or money to organizations that support refugees.

*Data source: Refugees in Towns 2019

Over half of the world's forcibly displaced people are children; hundreds of thousands of them are children traveling alone. Despite all that has happened in their short lives, they are willing to trust, to make a new friend, to hope for love returned.

January 13, 2021

"Entering and exiting people’s pain is so uncomfortable – by far the worst feeling about crisis work or international development..."

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Community Programs Coordinator, Greece
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