Catholic Relief Services MMP

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173,447 refugees and migrants entered Greece from 2015-2016 seeking opportunities in Europe and an escape from conflicts in their home countries. The population was transient as many persons of concern had other countries as their final destinations.

Shelter – CRS and its partners have renovated 13 urban buildings with 1,300 spaces for temporary shelter. Families live in these apartments which have kitchens and bedrooms, and they participate in building management committees and integration activities with the local community.

Cash Assistance – 10,000 persons of concern at 15 sites are receiving monthly cash assistance through pre-paid debit cards. Having cash allows persons of concern to meet their basic needs as they see fit, giving them choice and a more dignified way to begin integrate into lives of normalcy and safety. It also recirculates the assistance into the local economy, thereby reducing any burdens placed on their host communities.