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CRS in Greece

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

However, the border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia closed in March 2016 and the EU-Turkey deal in the same month forced refugees and migrants to stay in Greece. The population has become static with 62,455 persons of concern residing in the country as of December 2016.

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,