UNHCR help­ing mi­grants liv­ing out­side state fa­cil­i­ties

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An es­ti­mated 11,000 out of more than 65,000 mi­grants and refugees cur­rently in Greece are liv­ing out­side state-run fa­cil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The ma­jor­ity of mi­grants ar­riv­ing in Greece from Turkey re­main in state-run re­cep­tion cen­ters ei­ther on the is­lands or the main­land. But many slip through the net.

The Greek arm of the UNHCR has been work­ing since last Oc­to­ber on iden­ti­fy­ing and seek­ing to sat­isfy the needs of mi­grants liv­ing in squats and other ac­com­mo­da­tion. Ac­cord­ing to its as­sess­ment, some 2,600 mi­grants live in squats in Athens and other cities, an­other 7,200 in apart­ments and ho­tels sub­si­dized by the UNHCR, with an­other 1,100 sleep­ing in city parks or squares.

Mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties in Athens have sought to help ac­com­mo­date some of the mi­grants who are sleep­ing rough, but many are re­luc­tant, keen to con­tinue their jour­neys to­ward West­ern Europe.

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